LOS ANGELES – After an ugly 9-4 loss to the Dodgers and series sweep in Los Angeles, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant stood in almost the exact same spot of the visitors clubhouse at Dodger Stadium as he did after the Cubs’ fell behind the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series last fall. And was asked almost the same questions. Providing almost the same answers. “We’re not panicking,” he said after a series in which the Cubs’ scored four runs Sunday against the best pitcher on the planet – Clayton Kershaw – and none against anyone else for three days. “I don’t see any reason to worry, especially given what we did last year,” he said. “You can’t really take anything for granted, I guess.
The Cincinnati Reds are hoping to do something Sunday the franchise has not accomplished in more than a decade: Win a series in the City of Brotherly Love. Cincinnati has not taken a series at Citizens Bank Park since August 2006. The Reds are 0-9-1 in their last 10 series in Philadelphia and are looking to buck that trend in Sunday's rubber game of a weekend series.
Brandon McCarthy expects to make his next start — and avoid a 15th trip to the disabled list — after an MRI exam on Saturday confirmed that the Dodgers right-hander has patellar tendinitis in his right knee. McCarthy was pulled from Saturday’s 5-0 defeat of the Chicago Cubs after throwing 79 pitches over six scoreless, two-hit innings to improve to 5-1 with a 3.28 earned-run average in eight starts this season. McCarthy said the knee has bothered him off and on throughout the season and flared up in the fourth inning Saturday. With the Dodgers up by five runs and plenty of fresh arms in the bullpen, manager Dave Roberts didn’t want to risk more serious injury by pushing McCarthy beyond six innings.