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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs | 8 July, 10:10 AM (PST) 

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C | Will Smith 

FB | Freddie Freeman 

SB | Gavin Lux 

S | Trea Turner 

TB | Justin Turner 

LF | Chris Taylor 

CF | Cody Bellinger 

RF | Mookie Betts 

DH | Max Muncy 



C | Van Gomes 

FB | Frank Scwindel 

SB | Nick Madrigal 

S | Nico Hoerner 

TB | Patrick Wisdom 

LF | Ian Happ 

CF | Christopher Morel 

RF | Trent Grisham 

DH | Willson Contreras 

Hoping to bounce back after a 2-point deficit loss against the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs are now making their way to California. Courtesy of the Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting their next match against the humble Cubs this Friday, the 8th of July.  


Coming to represent the National League Central, the Chicago Cubs come into this match with 33-48. Down in the depths, the Cubs are 26th in the MLB. They could climb up to 24 if they win this one, but we all know that’s a giant ‘if’ since they’re playing against one of the big boys in the league. We’re expecting Keegan Thompson to be pitching this Friday. Thompson is a fairly decent player with a 3.41 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 66 K.  


For the Dodgers, ranking third in the league is a precarious position to be in right now, especially for a team pining for the top. With 51-29, the LA team is sandwiched between the Houston Astros (53-27) and the New York Mets (50-31). If the Dodgers want to replace the Astros in second, they’re going to need a couple more wins beyond this one, but the Cubs are likely to be a good starting point if they’re aiming for a streak. Tyler Anderson is expected to be pitching for the Dodgers, a tad better than the Cubs’ Thompson in numbers with a 3.09 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 73 K. 


There’s no hiding that the Cubs are at a disadvantage playing against the Dodgers, especially with Kyle Hendricks out of the roster among others. Four other players belong to Chicago’s injury report as of late. The Dodgers have five players listed along their report as well; however, Craig Kimbrel’s absence may be more appreciated than his attendance. In one of their most recent games, Kimbrel bungled his third save of the last five weeks. Fans and analysts are not fond of him on the team. His injury just might prove to be an advantage for the Dodgers. With all things in consideration, we’re seeing the Dodgers take this win home. As they say, to get to the top, you’re going to have to step on others along the way, and it looks like the Cubs are becoming that stepping stone on Friday. 


10:10 AM (PST), Friday, 8 July 2022. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California. 

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