Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/1/2013
LA Dodgers (57-49) at Chi Cubs (49-58)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Chicago Cubs +137 / Los Angeles Dodgers -147 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers hope to stymie the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in what might be another rain-interrupted affair at Wrigley Field.
In Chicago Thursday the game was delayed during the sixth inning due to rain. The Cubs didn't skip a beat though when play resumed finishing off the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1. David DeJesus singled in two runs minutes after the resumption. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro homered in Chicago's first three runs while the Cubs scored their fourth run via DeJesus' bat.
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Elsewhere not lasting as long, but seeming like an eternity was LA's game with the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles finished with as many hits as NY, six, but had the lone error and more importantly couldn't drive in a run losing 3-0.
The Yanks scored all three of their runs during the ninth frame. The Dodgers got two hits from A.J. Ellis and Andre Ethier while Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.87 ERA) left disappointed once again.
Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.72 ERA) goes next for LA from the mound looking to build on going 1-1 in Dodgers starts since being traded from the Miami Marlins. Los Angeles is 3-1 when Nolasco goes for the Dodgers including 3-0 on the road Nolasco won 6-1 July 9 yielding a run during seven innings at the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nolaso's last two offerings at the Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals saw him concede two runs a piece during 5.2 and 5.1 frames. With Miami on April 28 Nolasco beat Chicago 6-4 letting in three runs during seven innings. All-time against Nolsco the Cubs are 30-of-98 with 15 RBIs, a third of those Darwin Barney's.
Chicago rotates to Chris Rusin (1-0, 2.93 ERA) who has only had one decision at Arizona July 22 seeing in two runs during five frames. The Cubs split one-run Rusin no-decisions in two other away appearances. This will be the first time Rusin hurls in Chicago since a 6-5 11-inning Chicago loss to the Cincinnati Reds Sept. 19. The Cubs were 1-1 a year ago at Wrigley with Rusin throwing. LA should be the favorite, but I don't see this being a walk in the park or even necessarily a Dodgers victory.