Game One Hundred-Nine – Cubs (46-62) vs. Dodgers (62-48)
- Game Time – 8:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188, 844
- Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.38/1.31/2.63) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 3.44/1.21/2.84)
Rick Renteria hands the ball to Tsuyoshi Wada to tonight as the Cubs shoot for two wins in a row at Dodger Stadium. Kyle Hendricks pitched a very good game Friday night and was able to make up for a few miscues behind him. Wada will have to keep a very good Dodgers team off the scoreboard while the offense looks to figure out lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Will John Baker get the start tonight or will Renteria let Welington Castillo catch Wada? Baker and Wada were on the right page his last time out and Wada was far less predictable. Lefties (.288/.310/.336) have hit better than right handers (.249/.288/.347) against Ryu in a third of the at bats this season. So it will be up to Renteria to decide which backstop gives Wada the best opportunity to succeed.
Chris Valaika should make his Cubs debut tonight with Don Mattingly sending Hyun-Jin Ryu to the hill.
Tonight all starts with Tsuyoshi Wada …
Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first big league victory his last time out. Wada worked extremely well with John Baker and limited the Rockies to one run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in seven innings. Wada did a good job of mixing his pitches and was a lot less predictable than his other two outings. The Cubs should have a good idea of where Wada is after tonight. Wada’s first three outings were against a B-Team lineup for the Reds, the Padres and the Rockies, outside of Coors Field, and he will have to make pitches against the Dodgers or he will be lit up.
Hyun-Jin Ryu makes his second career start against the Cubs tonight, the team that finished second to the Dodgers in the bidding for him nearly two years ago. Ryu has been very good over his last three starts after he was rocked in Detroit on July 8. The Tigers pounded Ryu in 2 1/3 innings and scored seven runs on 10 hits without a single ball leaving the yard.
Ryu gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in his last outing against the Giants. Ryu issued only one walk and struck out seven. Over his last five starts, skewed by his outing against the Tigers, Ryu is 3-1 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is 4-3 in nine starts at Dodger Stadium this season with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Ryu has pitched better on the road than at home while maintaining close to a 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio. In 117 2/3 innings this season, Ryu has issued 23 free passes while striking out 105 batters.
Hyun-Jin Ryu beat the Cubs last August 2 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs collected 11 hits, but scored only two runs. Ryu struck out six and did not walk a batter.
Cubs Career Numbers against Hyun-Jin Ryu
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