Los Angeles Dodgers (36-32) vs Chicago Cubs (39-27)Date : 06/18/2018
Time : 8:05 pm EST
Location : Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs
Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs will take place on Monday night at 8:05 pm EST at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers are in 2nd place within the NL West division while the Cubs are currently in 2nd place within the NL Central. This will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two squads, however, the Dodgers have taken 4 of the last 5 games at Wrigley Field, the last being an 11-1 win on 10-19-2017.
Los Angeles Dodgers 's Latest Performance :
The Dodgers come into this matchup winners of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. Recently, the Dodgers, in a 3-game road set versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, would get the series win on 6-7-2018 with an 8-7 victory in the finale. From there, the Dodgers would not only go on to win a 3-game home set versus the Atlanta Braves on 6-10-2018, but, they would also sweep a 2-game home set versus the Texas Rangers on 6-12-2018. They would also come out in game 1 of a 3-game set versus the Giants on 6-15-2018 and would pick up the 3-2 victory at home.
The Dodgers average 4.85 runs per game (6th) with a team batting average of .244 (16th), 88 homers (6th), along with 24 stolen bases (26th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.65 (9th) with 646 strikeouts (4th) along with 26 quality starts (22nd).
Yasmani Grandal (.241 BA on 199 AB), Cody Bellinger (.242 BA on 240 AB), and Corey Seager (.267 BA on 101 AB) have been the leaders offensively for the Dodgers this season. Chris Taylor (.249 BA on 261 AB) has also been pivotal to the Dodger’s offensive attack.
Clayton Kershaw (1-4) has pitched 49 innings while allowing 15 runs on 44 hits, 7 homers, 11 walks, and 53 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.76. Alex Wood (1-5) has pitched 69 innings while allowing 39 runs on 69 hits, 8 homers, 13 walks, and 66 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.43.
Chicago Cubs's Latest Performance :
The Cubs come into this game losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. Recently, the Cubs would win a 3-game home set versus the Philadelphia Phillies on 6-7-2018 by a 4-3 score while also going on to win a 3-game home set against the Pittsburgh Pirates on 6-10-2018, despite losing game 3 by a 7-1 score. The Cubs would then lose a 3-game road set to the Milwaukee Brewers on 6-13-2018, yet, getting back into the win column with a huge game 1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 13-5.
For the season, the Cubs are averaging 5.02 runs per game (4th) with a team batting average of .260 (4th), 70 homers (21st) along with 32 stolen bases (16th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.18 (2nd) with 578 strikeouts (17th) with 30 quality starts on the season, good for 11th in the MLB.
Kris Bryant (.285 BA on 235 AB), Kyle Schwarber (.242 BA on 190 AB), and Javier Baez (.256 BA on 242 AB) have spearheaded the Cubs offensive attack this year. Wilson Contreras has also been critical to the scoring attack with a batting average of .271 on 214 at bats.
Jon Lester (8-2) has been solid this year pitching 83 innings while allowing 25 runs on 62 hits, 10 homer, 28 walks, and 69 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.28 while Kyle Hendricks (4-6) has pitched 77.2 innings while allowing 32 runs on 66 hits, 13 homers, 19 walks, and 61 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.48 for the season. Jose Quintana (6-4) has pitched 70.1 innings while allowing 35 runs on 61 hits, 10 homers, 33 walks, and 70 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.20.
How Los Angeles Dodgers & Chicago Cubs Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Dodgers are 30-38 ATS while the O/U is 35-30-3. On the other hand, the Cubs are 36-30-3 ATS while the O/U is 27-37-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
While both teams have played stellar baseball lately, the Cubs have since begun to struggle in losing 3 of their last 5 games while the O/U being 1-4 during this time. Their offense is averaging a mere 2 runs per game in their last 7 while the pitching staff remains solid only surrendering 2.8 runs per game during this time. The Dodgers, on the other hand, come into this matchup averaging 7 runs in their last nine games, altogether, while giving up only 4 runs per outing in their last 6 games, overall. Again, the Dodgers have been on a tear lately winning 9 of their last 11 and would certainly love to get the best of a talented Cubs team that now find themselves in the midst of a skid and struggling to find answers.
Totals Selection: Under
My reason for the prediction :
This matchup will be a classic under game in that both squads rely on solid pitching while attempting to wear down the opposing pitcher throughout the game by remaining patent at the plate. With that being said, the under has been the play in 6 of the last 7 games for Chicago at Wrigley Field while the over has been the result in 5 of the Dodgers last 6 road games. It would be interesting to see how the Cubs powerful pitching staff approaches the dangerous hitters for the Dodgers, I happen to believe that this will be a defensive struggle to where not many hits, or runs for that matter, will be given up. Besides, with so much riding on the result of game 1, both teams will be highly focused on getting a win in which to continue their winning play, or, to right the ship from a few suspect outings.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers :
- Betting Trends for Los Angeles Dodgers
- The Dodgers are 9-1 in last 10 road games
- The Dodgers are 9-2 in last 11 games
- The Under is 7-1 in Dodgers last 8 road games
Betting trends for Chicago Cubs:
- Betting Trends for Chicago Cubs
- The Cubs are 6-3 in last 9 home games
- The Cubs are 9-4 in last 13 games
- The Under is 8-2 in Cubs last 10 road games