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Cody Bellinger and the surging Los Angeles Dodgers are paying a visit to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs. This NL showdown will begin at 8:05 p.m. ET and fans looking to watch it can tune in to NBC Sports Chicago.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 10-10 straight up (SU) and 9-11 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.8 units for moneyline bettors and 3.5 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Dodgers have gone 15-9 SU this year and are 10-14 against the spread. In total, the team’s accumulated 2.5 units for gamblers taking the moneyline through the early part of the year, but have lost 1.9 units ATS. Los Angeles is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has cashed in six of those seven.

Cubs games have an over/under record of 10-9-1 so far in 2019. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 12-12.

Kenta Maeda is getting the nod for Los Angeles. The right-handed Maeda is 3-1 with a 3.80 ERA and 20 strikeouts. This is his first start against Chicago this year. He did make two starts against the Cubs in 2018, posting a 1-0 record against them with a 2.53 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

The Cubs will turn to lefty Jose Quintana (2-1, 3.43 ERA), who has 29 strikeouts and seven walks as well as a 1.43 WHIP. Quintana only made one start against the Dodgers in 2018 (0-0, 5.06 ERA and four strikeouts across 5.1 innings).

Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.61 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 8.72 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.91, along with a K/9 of 8.80.

The Dodgers offense has slashed .264/.362/.489 on its way to 5.7 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Los Angeles’ hitters have been led by Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager, who’ve collectively blasted 13 home runs. Bellinger is slashing .424/.500/.882 with 11 home runs, 28 RBIs and 26 runs scored, while Seager has a .265 average with two homers, seven RBIs and 14 runs scored.

For the home team, Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 4.7 runs per game overall in 2019. The team’s starters have an ERA of 3.65, a WHIP of 1.32 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.1. The bullpen has a 5.08 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 9.9 K/9.

Chicago’s offense has put up 5.5 runs per outing, including 3.8 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .226/.333/.348 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Javier Baez and right fielder Jason Heyward have led the Cubs’ offense so far. Baez is hitting .302/.333/.605 with six home runs, 17 RBIs and 17 runs scored, while Heyward’s line is .351/.458/.579 with four homers, 11 RBIs and 14 runs.

The Dodgers have lost 0.6 units and are 2-3 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in four of those games, as opposed to one that’ve gone under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 3.8 units and are 7-8 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in eight of those games, compared to seven which went under the total.

Dodgers at Cubs Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Cubs, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Los Angeles has logged 12 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Chicago has 13 XBH over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have won seven of their last eight games SU while the Cubs have taken five of their last six.
  • Chicago has posted 18.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 17.4 over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit eight over their last 10.
  • The Dodgers have a total OPS of .851 this season, including an OPS of .816 against left-handed pitchers. The Cubs’ OPS stands at .788 overall and .732 against southpaws.