After an 8-2 loss on Friday ended their six game winning streak, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to bounce back in the second of a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs.
Charged with the task of getting the Dodgers back in the win column is Hyun-Jin Ryu. This season, Ryu is 12-5 with a 3.44 ERA. The left-hander’s only career start against the Cubs came last season as Ryu went 5.1 innings and gave up two runs on 11 hits in a 6-2 Dodger victory.
Those who have faced Ryu and are in the Cubs’ lineup, are a combined 6-for-17 with no home runs and no RBIs. Left fielder Junior Lake has three of the six hits and has not recorded an out against Ryu.
The Cubs counter with Tsuyoshi Wada. The Japanese rookie is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts this season. Wada’s only win this came against the Colorado Rockies as the left-hander went seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits.
The Dodgers are at a loss offensively as Yasiel Puig is out of the lineup after being removed from Friday’s game due to a sore hamstring. Adrian Gonzalez is also out of the lineup after suffering a right knee contusion in Friday’s contest.
A.J. Ellis is also banged up (sore knee), which puts Drew Butera behind the plate. Set to face a lefty, manager Don Mattingly has Scott Van Slyke in center and Justin Turner starting at first base; Saturday will be Turner’s 18th career start at first.
With a 62-48 record, the Dodgers currently have the best record in the National League and third best overall.
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