Kershaw and the Dodgers are coming for the Cubs. | Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
The best trio of starters in baseball? Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer, whom the Cubs will get in that order.
So much for the Cubs catching the Dodgers at the right time.
The champs were in a 2-8 tailspin heading into Sunday’s 16-4 victory in Milwaukee. Then A.J. Pollock walked to the plate in the first inning and belted a grand slam off Alec Bettinger. Then Matt Beaty walked to the plate in the second inning and belted another grand slam off Bettinger.
Two in a game? It was only the third time in Dodgers history. Two in consecutive innings? That was a first. No major league team had pulled that off since 1984, when Bill Buckner and Tony Armas hit first- and second-inning grannies off Detroit’s Jack Morris, a future Hall of Famer.
It’s hard to imagine anything that could get a struggling offense going better than that — thanks for nothing, Bettinger — but enough about the Dodgers’ hitters. It’s their trio of aces whose mouths must be watering heading into a three-game series that starts Monday at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs’ bats finally started to heat up on a losing road trip through Atlanta and Cincinnati, but this is still a deeply flawed lineup that never seems incapable of putting nine innings of goose eggs on the scoreboard. And now come — in frightening succession — Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and 2020 National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer.
It’s the best trio of starters in baseball, and it really isn’t all that close. No offense to — lots of luck, fellas — Kyle Hendricks, Adbert Alzolay and Jake Arrieta, the Cubs starters who will oppose them. Here’s what’s happening:
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