#Cubs Hammel starts vs Dodgers
Jason Hammel starts Friday night for the Cubs in the first of three games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Dexter Fowler also is back after missing two games because of a sore shin. Here’s the lineup:
Despite losing their last two games to the Giants, the Cubs have won 21 of their last 27 games overall. They are second in MLB with 40 home runs in August.
The Cubs have a tough assignment Friday, facing Clayton Kershaw, who is 5-0 with a 0.90 ERA (7 ER/70 IP) over his last nine starts, with 82 strikeouts and seven walks.
Hammel picked up the win in his last start against the Braves on Sunday. He gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings while striking out eight. Hammel is 2-1, 5.40 ERA (17 ER/28.1 IP) over his last six starts.