Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Game 1 preview, Saturday 5/7, 12:05 CT

WEBSITE NOTICE: Today there will be a StoryStream with all threads for both games of the doubleheader. There will not be a full recap of Game 1 today, but there will be a game preview for Game 2 that will be posted on the front page at 6:40pm CT approximately an hour before the game begins. A synopsis of both games will be posted here tomorrow morning at 8am CT.

Today’s roster change: Here

Notes for Saturday…

  • STRIPES: The Cubs have caught at least one run in a recent major league high in 70 straight games. If they score in today’s first game, it will be the last such stretch, 71 games, from May 11 to July 31, 2019.
  • BULLPEN STUFF: Rowan Wick has not allowed a deserved run in his last eight eight-inning appearances. David Robertson is one of three assists in the majors (also Dillon Peters and Drew Smith) to pitch at least 11 scoreless innings this season.
  • WISDOM THINGS: In his last 17 games, Patrick Wisdom has hit .321/.387/.714 (18 to 56) with seven doubles and five home runs.
  • Throwing strokes: In his short career (25 appearances in 2021-22), Scott Efross has faced 102 racquets and skated just two of them. He has a K-rate of 10.4 per nine innings and a walk rate of 0.7 per nine innings.

This comic strip seems appropriate for today:

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Here are the details of today’s game 1.

Cub’s Lineup:

Lineup of the Dodgers:

Drew Smyly, LHP vs. Clayton Kershaw, LHP



Drew Smyly returns from mourning leave for his first start since April 28 in Atlanta. He’s only played once this year at Wrigley Field, on April 22 against the Pirates, and that was his “worst” start to the season. It wasn’t that bad, four runs in five innings.

As noted in the series preview, the Dodgers batted slightly worse against LHP (.657 OPS) than RHP (.736 OPS) in this game.

Among the current Dodgers, Mookie Betts hit him well: 9-for-25 (.360), three doubles, two homers.

Smyly and Freddie Freeman were teammates in Atlanta last year. Freeman is 0-2 against Smyly, for life.

Clayton Kershaw, good as he was against almost everyone, hasn’t done well at Wrigley Field, where he has a 4.74 lifetime ERA in four starts.

Pretty much everything was against guys who are no longer with the Cubs. Willson Contreras (3-for-11, one home run) is the only Cub to face Kershaw more than a handful of at-bats.

Kershaw has been great for the most part this year, including seven perfect innings on his season debut in 38-degree Minnesota weather. Maybe he likes cold weather.



Today’s game is taking place on the Marquee Sports Network. Here is a list of vendors currently offering Marquee. This game will also be shown on the MLB Network (outside the Cubs and Dodgers market areas).

Here’s the complete media center for today. Game Day game preview

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The 2022 Game Thread procedure will be the same as in previous years, similar to what we used for Spring Training.

You can find the match preview separately on the front page two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games after evening games).

At the same time, a StoryStream with the preview titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads” will be published on the front page. It will contain all the posts related to that particular game, including the first pitch thread and the overflow thread, and the synopsis when it is released. The summary will also appear as a separate post on the front page.

You can also find the Preview, First Pitch Thread, and Overflow Thread in the box labeled “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them at this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in this section.

The first pitch thread is posted five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread is posted 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.

Discuss among yourself.

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