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Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick- 8/3/2013

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-49) at Chicago Cubs (49-60)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

The Line: Chicago Cubs +108 / Los Angeles Dodgers -118 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

The Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Saturday at Wrigley field for game three of their series.

The Chicago Cubs had been playing inspired baseball before the All-Star break, but a few trades later they lost for the second day in a row at home to the Dodgers. Cole Gillespie had three hits, Junior Lake had four hits, and Darwin Barney had two hits as the Cubs scored just two runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Travis Wood allowed seven hits and five runs over 3.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 7-8 on the season. For Saturday’s game, the Cubs start Jeff Samardzjia, who has no decisions in both of his last two starts. For the season, Samardzjia has allowed 130 hits and 60 earned runs, while striking out 146 over 144 innings for a 6-9 record and a 3.75 ERA.

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick- 8/3/2013

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The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their red-hot play, making it look easy beating the Cubs again on Friday. Nick Punto, Adrian Gonzalez, and Yasiel Puig each had two hits as the Dodgers scored six runs on nine hits and six walks. Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed 11 hits and two runs, while striking out six over 5.1 innings to get the win and raise his record to 10-3. For Saturday’s game, the Dodgers start Chris Capuano who has had two no decisions in his last two starts. For the season, Capuano has allowed 77 hits and 35 earned runs, while striking out 54 over 69.1 innings for a 3-6 record and a 4.54 ERA.

Chicago is 7-3 in their last 10 game threes of a series, 1-5 in their last six home games, and 2-5 in Samardzjia’s last seven starts. Los Angeles is 6-0 in their last six game threes of a series, 5-1 in their last six games as a favorite, and 5-2 in Capuano’s last seven starts. Los Angeles has won the last five meetings of these two.

Runs may be tough to come by here and my free pick is that this one comes in under the total. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that strong play in the Premium Area. 

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