On paper this matchup looks, well, horrible for the Cubs. Luckily for the Cubs they don’t play these games on paper, that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Given the matchups this weekend the Cubs are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to pitching. This could be said for the whole season, but it hasn’t ever been as bad as this, with Dempster gone, and Garza shelved it could be a long series for Samardzija, Germano, and Coleman. If the Cubs want any shot at winning this series they are going to need to get outstanding performances from said starters as the offense will be hard pressed to put up very many runs. The Dodgers rank third in the National League with a 3.38 ERA, compared to the Cubs who have a 4.31 ERA good for 14th in the NL. The only good news for the Cubs right now is that the Dodgers come into this series reeling despite acquiring Shane Victorino and Hanley Ramirez before the trade deadline. They were just swept by the Diamondbacks and currently sit .5 game out of first with the D-Backs hot on their tail for second. It will be interesting to see which Cubs team finishes this series as Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson have both been rumored to be getting the call very soon.
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This should be a fun weekend on the North Side. The second best team in the majors (record wise) invades Wrigley to take on the Cubs in a three game set. I’m very interested to see the Cubs compete level against this team because in my opinion this series is primed for the Cubs to surprise some people. Slowly but surely the Cubs have been playing better baseball, and if it weren’t for Carlos Marmol they would be entering this series on a roll. Ideally 2 out of 3 would be fantastic this weekend, but it all starts with the first one, win that game and it could be a great weekend. Being successful starts with stopping Matt Kemp who has had an unreal start to the season. He’s threatening the triple crown, it’s early, but anytime a player leads all three categories (AVG, HR, RBI) you have to take notice. Go Cubs!
Full series preview/breakdown after the jump.