Both teams may show impatience at the plate with the All-Star break looming.
Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago has won two of the first three games on its current road trip, averaging 6.5 runs in the process. The Cubs entered the game ranked 14th in the National League in runs scored and had scored three or fewer runs in 14 of their last 20 games before Saturday’s 7-3 victory. “Finally,” said third baseman Aramis Ramirez. “We just have to come back after the break and keep doing what we’re doing now.” Ramirez has posted five consecutive multi-hit games to raise his season average from .178 to .209. The club is 11-4 against NL West competition this season, while going 28-45 against all other teams. Chicago has had a difficult time in producing winning streaks this season, posting a 14-24 record after a win (-1,510).
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Two of the hottest pitchers in baseball take to the mound in the first game of this interleague series.
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A scheduled off-day for both teams has turned into a Monday afternoon contest due to a rainout on Wednesday.
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago is playing its ninth game (2-6) in a stretch of 12-straight against NL Central opponents that lasts through June 10. The Cubs are currently 1-4 on its current road trip, after dropping Sunday’s contest, 6-3, in Houston to the Astros. The defeat dropped the Cubs to a 3-23 mark when scoring three or fewer runs this season, while they are 22-7 when scoring four or more. Chicago is slated to face a southpaw on Monday, which has been a recipe of success in the last four opportunities. The team is actually hitting .267 overall against lefties this season, a mark that is 12 points higher than its overall season average (.255).
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