The Los Angeles Dodgers look to continue their six-game winning streak as they now turn their attention to the Chicago Cubs.
After playing three series against teams in playoff contention out of the All-Star break, the Dodgers face a Cubs team that is 17 games under .500. Taking the mound for the Dodgers is Dan Haren, who is making his first start since being skipped over.
Manager Don Mattingly opted to start Haren Friday so as to give Hyun-Jin Ryu an extra day of rest. In 21 starts, the right-hander has compiled an 8-8 record with a 4.49 ERA. Haren is looking to snap a four-game losing streak where he’s struggled to the tune of 20 earned runs and six home runs in 19 innings.
Haren is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs. However, five of the six starts were before the 2011 season. Haren’s recent start, which came in 2013, was a success as he allowed just one earned run and had six strikeouts in six innings pitched.
The Cubs give the ball to rookie Kyle Hendricks, a Newport Beach native. In this his rookie season, right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in three starts.
Hendricks will look to replicate his last start, even though it came with a loss. Against the St. Louis Cardinals, Hendricks went 6.1 innings and only allowed one earned run in a 1-0 loss for the Cubs.
The Dodger lineup remains largely the same as it’s been since the series with the San Francisco Giants. The lone change is Justin Turner takes over for Juan Uribe at third base.
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