SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Sunday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. The Chicago Cubs need a win after losing 5 of their last 7 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers look to build on their 6-game winning streak.
The Chicago Cubs have scored 8 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 7 of their last 8 games. The Cubs have lost 5 of their last 6 games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Ian Happ leads the Cubs with 81 hits and 40 RBI, while Nico Hoerner and Willson Contreras have combined for 145 hits and 60 RBI. Drew Smyly gets the ball, and he is 2-5 with a 3.80 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have scored 13 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 7 of their last 9 games. The Dodgers have won 8 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. Trea Turner leads the Dodgers with 101 hits and 59 RBI, while Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts have combined for 173 hits and 98 RBI. Julio Urias gets the ball, and he is 7-6 with a 2.57 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Urias is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
Drew Smyly has been respectable this season, but he hasn’t pitched since May and has been dealing with an oblique injury. Julio Urias has been great all season, and that includes allowed 22 hits and 8 earned runs in his last 34.2 innings. Throw in the Dodgers’ offense that’s heating up and their form overall, it’s hard not to side with the Dodgers for another victory. Give me the home team for the sweep.