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


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

LOS ANGELES DODGERS: 

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 

 

CHICAGO CUBS: 

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 

After owning game one, the Dodgers are on a mission to extend their winning streak against the Chicago Cubs once again. Can the Cubs fend them off this time around though? For game three on Sunday, July 10, Dodger Stadium will be hosting this LA Dodgers versus Chicago Cubs feat. 

 

This time around, it’s no surprise that the Cubs will be playing the role of the underdog against the Dodgers. Staying put at 26th in the league, it’s 34-49 for the visiting team with an undecided and/or undisclosed pitcher for game three. Kyle Hendricks was one of the definite choices for the third game of this series, but he’s stationed on a 15-day indefinite leave for injury. Whoever may be pitching for this match, they’ll likely be up against LA’s Julio Urias, and that’s where the trouble comes in. For game two, Tyler Anderson was the Dodgers’ bet, but with Urias, he’s a bigger threat if we look at the numbers. A 2.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 87.2 IP prove he’s distinguished as an excellent pitcher. The Cubs need to level with him if they want even a speck of a chance of winning. 

 

Being the better team on paper, the Dodgers have no time to be complacent. Still behind current second placer Houston Astros, this home team needs to take all the wins they can get from the Cubs to advance up the MLB ladder. With Urias being the probable pitcher, expecting to sweep the Cubs series as they did with the Colorado Rockies isn’t far from being a reality. There’s a considerable upper hand when going against the Cubs, but the Dodgers can’t be pleased with themselves just yet. If and once they do outdo the Astros in the charts, there’s still the challenge of besting the best-performing team of this season: the New York Yankees.  

 

Call us cliché or predictable as much as you want, but it’s impossible to see the Cubs breaking the winning streak of the Dodgers right now. As long as no new injuries will come forth after game two, the Dodgers should be in the clear for game three. It’s expected that people won’t side with the underdog often, but numbers don’t lie, and the Dodgers have been managing great so far. The LA Dodgers are dedicated to coming on up, especially since they already placed second last season. They’re on a quest to take on the Yankees, and that motivation is definitely shining through. 

10:10 AM (PST), Sunday, 10 July 2022. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA. 

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