Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant follows the flight of his grand slam in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, April 26, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
- After snapping a three-game skid, the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Cubs Monday night in Chicago (May 3, 7:40 pm EST)
- Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.16 ERA) will start for the Dodgers, while the Cubs turn to Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 7.54 ERA)
- Read below for a preview and betting prediction for the game
So much for the offensive slumber. After being held to just seven runs through the first three games of their series with Milwaukee, the Los Angeles Dodgers bats broke out in a big way Sunday, powering the team to a 16-4 victory. It was likely a good warm up for the world champions’ next series, as the Dodgers, owners of the third-best offense in the NL (148 runs), visit the Cubs, the team with the second-worst team ERA (5.01).
Dodgers vs Cubs Odds
|Team||Runline||Runline at FanDuel||Total|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||OFF||-176||OFF|
Odds taken May 2nd.
Given the disparity in both the teams’ records and the ERA of the starting pitchers, it’s little wonder that Los Angeles is a -176 favorite in the Dodgers vs Cubs odds. The 17-12 Dodgers are battling with the Giants and Padres at the top of the NL West, while the 12-16 Cubs are sitting in last place in the NL Central.
Walker Buehler had thrown four straight quality starts before a slight ripple in his last outing saw him give up a season-high five runs, but he still has an ERA of 3.16 and hasn’t taken a loss since 2019.
That’s 6️⃣ strikeouts through 3️⃣ IP for Walker Buehler.
Reds 1, #Dodgers 0 in the 3rd. pic.twitter.com/4Y1hCZSC4Q
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) April 28, 2021
However, games against the Cubs haven’t always been kind to the right-hander. He has pitched against the North Siders on three occasions, but is 0-1 with a 5.27 ERA in those appearances.
His track record at Wrigley Field, however, is respectable, with Buehler lasting 5.2 innings in his only start there, giving up four hits and three earned runs in a no-decision.
Cubs Career Stats vs Buehler
2021 World Series Odds Tracker
Hendricks Holding His Own
When it comes to his favorite opponent this year, Kyle Hendricks’s choice of team is clear – anyone but the Atlanta Braves. The right-hander has allowed 14 runs in two games against Atlanta, and just five runs in 15 innings against other teams, which includes just two runs in 12 innings against NL-leading Milwaukee.
Second pitcher dinger in MLB in as many days! Kyle Hendricks would love to have that one and a lot of others he’s thrown tonight back #ForTheA #CubTogether pic.twitter.com/TY7EsqnYX5
— Love Letters to Baseball (@LL2Baseball) April 29, 2021
Adding to that vote of confidence is his track record in the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, where he has a career ERA of just 2.65 and a record of 37-22 in 90 starts.
Matt Beaty homers (1) on a fly ball to right center off Kyle Hendricks
Exit Velocity 102 MPH
Distance 382 FT
Launch Angle 34.96#EverybodyIn vs #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/xRgBTmyHan
— Strand Sport Stats (@StrandStats) June 15, 2019
However, his track record against the Dodgers is far from sparkling. Hendricks has a 2-3 record in five starts, with a 6.00 ERA against the reigning world champions.
Dodgers Career Stats vs Hendricks
Beaty, Pollock Warm Up In Style
For two guys with track records of success, albeit limited and a small sample size, against Hendricks, both Matt Beaty and AJ Pollock got their bats properly warmed up on Sunday. The Nos. 6 and 7 hitters in the Dodgers lineup became the first pair of Los Angeles teammates with at least seven RBIs each.
ANOTHER GRAND SLAM? HIT ONE BEATY ONE MORE TIME. pic.twitter.com/sD0NhdK6cE
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 2, 2021
Pollock became the seventh player in team history to have eight RBI in a game, while Beaty was close behind with seven, while both hit grand slams in Sunday’s one-sided victory.
Cubs Break Out
While they didn’t quite match the Dodgers in the run stakes on Sunday, the Cubs were equally happy swinging away, notching five home runs and racking up 12 runs in a 13-12 loss in Cincinnati against the Reds.
With 2 HR and a 2B today, @KrisBryant_23 is now tied for the @MLB lead in home runs (9) and extra-base hits (19)! #KBoom pic.twitter.com/PXguzhx8st
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 2, 2021
The main man in the midst of it all was Kris Bryant, who had three hits, two home runs, 10 total bases and drove in three runs. Though he has yet to homer against Buehler, he does know how to get hits off him, as his .500 career average attests.
Could Monday be the time for Bryant to break out?
Pick: Cubs (+144)
For the last 20 years, Paul Attfield has worked in sports media. Starting out in his native Britain with the likes of The Independent, he eventually switched continents, with his work appearing in the likes of the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Yahoo Sports since.