Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay a visit to Chicago to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast this NL matchup. The game is scheduled to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 40-28 straight up (SU) and 35-32 against the spread (ATS). The teams lost 0.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 4.3 units (ATS). Chicago has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Dodgers have gone 37-33 SU this year and are 31-38 ATS. In total, the teams lost 15.8 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 7.0 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Cubs games have an over/under record of 28-38-1 so far in 2018. Dodgers games have gone over 36 times, gone under 31 times and pushed on two occasions.

The right-handed Kenta Maeda is getting the nod for the visiting Dodgers. Maeda is 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 69 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cubs this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Cubs are putting the ball in the right hand of Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 4.12 ERA, 1.75 WHIP), who has 58 strikeouts and 58 walks this season. Chatwood made three starts against the Dodgers in 2017, posting a 1-3 record with a 6.75 ERA.

Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 3.6 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.52, a WHIP of 1.28 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.0. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.72, a WHIP of 1.23 and a K/9 of 9.3.

Chicago’s hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per outing, including 3.6 per game over its last 10 games and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .220/.319/.348 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Cubs offense has been led by third baseman Kris Bryant and left fielder Albert Almora Jr. Bryant is hitting .281/.389/.483 with nine home runs, 33 RBIs and 38 runs scored, and Almora Jr.s line is .325/.372/.440 with 65 hits, 19 RBIs and 38 runs.

For the visitors, Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.50 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.66 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.75, along with a WHIP of 1.15 and a K-per-9 of 9.01.

The Dodgers offense has slashed .243/.323/.424 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Los Angeles hitters have been paced by outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor, who have combined to drive in 70 runs. Kemp is hitting .338/.374/.579 with 12 home runs, 43 RBIs and 32 runs scored, while Taylor is hitting .244/.332/.436 with eight homers, 27 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

The Dodgers have lost 20.3 units and are 18-27 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 31 of those games, as opposed to 13 that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 2.9 units and are 27-26 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 22 of those games, compared to 30 that went under.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • Los Angeles fielders have committed three errors over their last five games, compared to six errors for Chicago over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have hit 22 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit seven over their last 10.