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Cubs at Dodgers Series Preview: How to Watch, Probables, and More

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The Chicago Cubs head west to visit the Los Angeles Dodgers for a four-game series, starting Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

The Cubs (34-48) defeated the Brewers 8-3 and 2-1 the past two days to take a three-game series in Milwaukee. Chicago has won five of its past six series (Braves, Cardinals, Reds, Red Sox and Brewers) since a 10-game losing streak.

The Dodgers (52-29) are coming off a series sweep against the Colorado Rockies. Los Angeles, the National League’s best team, has won seven of its past eight games – all against NL West teams.

The Cubs and Dodgers are each playing well, but Los Angeles’ depth should stand out and stunt Chicago’s momentum.

Chicago Cubs – Kyle Hendricks: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Willson Contreras: day-to-day (hamstring), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (knee), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Daniel Norris: 15-Day IL (finger), Frank Schwindel: 10-Day IL (back), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Marcus Stroman: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Drew Smyly: 15-Day IL (oblique), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Los Angeles Dodgers – Chris Taylor: day-to-day (foot), Daniel Hudson: 60-Day IL (acl), Andrew Heaney: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Edwin Rios: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Walker Buehler: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kevin Pillar: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tommy Kahnle: 60-Day IL (forearm), Blake Treinen: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Victor Gonzalez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Danny Duffy: 60-Day IL (hand), Jimmy Nelson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Dustin May: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Probable Pitchers

Thursday: Mark Leiter Jr., RHP (2-2, 4.85 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) vs. Tony Gonsolin, RHP (10-0, 1.54 ERA, 0.82 WHIP)

Friday: Keegan Thompson, RHP (7-3, 3.41 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) vs. Tyer Anderson, LHP (9-1, 3.09 ERA, 1.06 WHIP)

Saturday: Justin Steele, LHP (3-5, 4.13 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) vs. Clayton Kershaw, LHP (5-2, 2.57 ERA, 1.05 WHIP)

Sunday: TBA vs. Julio Urias, LHP (7-6, 2.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)

How to Watch

Thursday: 9:10 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

Friday: 9:10 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

Saturday: 9:10 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

Sunday: 3:10 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

All times Central

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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