Things have been tough for Cubs manager Dale Sveum as his team is 20 games under .500 and after losing two of three to the Padres over the weekend, the Dodgers await to start the week.
While the Dodgers lost their first series in over two months over the weekend, aces Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw pitch on back-to-back nights against the lowly Cubs. Talking to Zack Meisel of MLB.com, Sveum talked about the incredible run by the Dodgers and the challenge in facing the teams’ two best starters:
They’re on a roll that baseball hasn’t seen in many, many years. Part of it is, obviously, the offense. But when you have Greinke, Kershaw going two out of five days, you’re talking about two guys who can win Cy Youngs in any given year or throw a no-hitter on any given day. That’s not something you want to think about until you arrive at Dodger Stadium.
Arguably baseball’s best duo, Greinke and Kershaw are a combined 6-0 with both having microscopic ERAs. In their last 45 innings, Greinke and Kershaw have allowed just two runs.
After the series with the Cubs, the Dodgers will only have one more series with a team outside the division and after scoring just five runs in three games over the weekend, the offense has a chance to get right.
Anytime the Dodgers can run out Greinke and Kerhsaw on consecutive days they’re tough to beat and it doesn’t sound like Sveum is looking forward to see them mow down his lineup.
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