Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs open their series in Los Angeles. The Dodgers are -200 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Los Angeles Dodgers start the week tied for second place in the National League West, as they are four and a half games behind the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers have lost two games in a row and have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games while they are 8-7 at home this season and have been outscored by their opponents by 25 runs this year. As a team Los Angeles is hitting .258 with Andre Ethier hitting .378, Matt Kemp hitting .373, and Jamey Carroll hitting .296. The Dodgers pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.31 with the starters at 3.89 and the bullpen at 5.22. For game one of the series Los Angeles starts Clayton Kershaw who didn’t pitch in their recent trip to Chicago. For the season Kershaw has allowed 33 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 41 in 38.1 innings of work.
The Chicago Cubs are struggling once again this season and though they are just three and a half games back in the National League Central, they are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Cubs are 6-7 on the road this year and have been outscored 109-141 for the season. As a team Chicago is hitting .269 with Starlin Castro at .336, Darwin Barney at .333, Marlon Byrd at .295, Aramis Ramirez at .293, and Alfonso Soriano hitting .258. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 4.99 with the starters at 6.08 and the bullpen at 3.29. To oppose Kershaw Chicago counters with James Russell who has been less than spectacular this season. For the year Russell has allowed 21 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out nine in 13 innings of work.
Los Angeles is 5-3 in their last eight home games, 5-2 in game one of a series, and 3-7 in Kershaw’s last 10 starts against the NL Central. Chicago is 6-1 in their last seven road games against a left handed starter, 15-6 in their last 21 games as a road underdog, and 1-4 in their last five game one of a series. Chicago is 2-7 in their last nine games in Los Angles.
This one should be a brutal beat down as Russell isn’t anything more than a long reliever on his best day. Look for this to be a very lopsided affair. Take the Dodgers minus the 200.
Los Angeles Dodgers -200 Chicago Cubs