After sweeping a two-game series against the San Francisco Giants and an off day on Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were supposed to start a three game series in Chicago Friday against the Cubs. That series will now start now Saturday, after Friday’s game was postponed due to inclement weather.
Friday’s game will now be part of a Saturday doubleheader. the first game will start at 10:05 a.m. and the second game will begin at 4:40 p.m. Pacific.
So, a rare week in which the Dodgers actually didn’t play a game for three days out of the week. However, Saturday will begin a stretch in which they will play 31 games in 31 days. Left hander Tyler Anderson was originally supposed to start the Opening Game of the series Friday; but with a doubleheader, the Dodgers may want to shake things up and it appears they will.
Anderson will start the late game of the doubleheader while Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start the early game.
For the Cubs, left hander Drew Smyly will start the early game. He’s 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA. In the late game, left hander Daniel Norris will get the start at 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA. The Dodgers will look to continue a three-game winning streak against the struggling Cubs who are 9-15.
The NL West continues to be a surprise this season, as all of the baseball world expected the Dodgers and either the Padres or Giants to be big contenders. However, the whole division has solidified itself as the best in the majors. Every team in the division is at a .500 winning percentage or better as only 4 ½ games separate the first place Dodgers and the last place Diamondbacks.
In other news, the Dodger farm system continues to excel. Michael Busch is having a stellar season at Double-A, and switch hitting catcher Diego Cartaya smacked a homer off of former Cy Young winner Blake Snell in his rehab start over in Single-A.
In the next couple of seasons, the Dodgers will have some big names hit free agency. One of those who will hit free agency after this season is Trea Turner, and he’ll surely have many teams in pursuit of his services. There had been talk before the season of a possible contract extension, but that has not come to fruition.
According to the latest report from Jon Heyman of The New York Post, it has been rumored that Turner may have a preference of playing on the East Coast.
“However, Turner, from Lake Worth, Fla., is said by sources to at first have had a negative reaction to the trade out west and still believed to prefer the East Coast, though some of that may be related to the 2021 position switch, and folks close to him insist he’s settled in and won’t rule out the West Coast.”
Obviously, this is all non official, but one of the bigger key pieces in the trade that brought Turner along with Max Scherzer last season to L.A. was the two years of control the Dodgers had for Turner in case they lost Corey Seager, which they did.
Turner in all likelihood will get a huge deal as he is a career .301 hitter and is the reigning N.L. batting champ.
Dodger baseball will be back Saturday with the first doubleheader of the season.