The Chicago Cubs are set to play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. WGN will broadcast this NL matchup and the game gets going at 10:10 p.m. ET.
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds
Los Angeles (-150) is hosting this one as the favorite over Chicago (+140) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this one at 7.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). The games runline odds stand at -155 for betting the Cubs +1.5 runs and +135 for the Dodgers -1.5.
The Cubs have gone 42-34 SU this year and are 37-38 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.0 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having gained 0.1 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 42-35 SU and 34-42 ATS. They’ve lost 15.8 units for moneyline bettors and 7.8 units ATS. Los Angeles has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven outings and the total has gone under in five of those seven.
Los Angeles games have had an over/under record of 38-36-2 so far in 2018. Chicago has been a decent under bet with a total record of 31-43-1.
Jon Lester will get the start for the visiting Cubs. The southpaw Lester is 9-2 with a 2.10 ERA and 70 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Los Angeles this year.
The Dodgers are putting the ball in the right hand of Ross Stripling (6-2, 1.99 ERA, 1.04 WHIP), who has 85 strikeouts and 11 walks this season. Stripling is 0-1 with seven strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.
As a unit, Los Angeles pitching staff has yielded 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starters have a 3.49 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.65 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.
Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 3.5 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over their last five. The teams hit .231/.301/.503 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.
The Dodgers hitters have been led by outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor. Kemp is hitting .315/.353/.546 with 13 home runs, 47 RBIs and 34 runs scored, while Taylor’s line is .254/.339/.461 with nine homers, 30 RBIs and 47 runs.
In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.92 K/9. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.10, along with a WHIP of 1.29 and a K-per-9 of 9.05.
The Cubs offense has slashed .257/.340/.413 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game this season, including 2.9 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 2.8 per game over the teams last five outings (0-5 SU).
Third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez have paced Chicago’s offense. Bryant is hitting .280/.383/.481 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and 40 runs scored, while Baez is hitting .266/.307/.524 with 14 homers, 51 RBIs, 43 runs and 13 stolen bases.
The Cubs have lost 9.6 units and are 29-31 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 25 of those games, compared to 34 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Dodgers have netted 3.4 units and are 14-13 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The overs cashed in six of those games, compared to 20 that went under.
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Cubs, O/U – UNDER
- The over has hit in just two of Los Angeles last seven games.
- Chicago has posted 18.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.8 over its last five.
- The Cubs have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.