Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/3/14
Chicago Cubs (46-62) at Los Angeles Dodgers (62-48)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Edwin Jackson (R) (5-11) (5.716) vs. Josh Beckett (R) (6-5) (2.821)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -207 / Chicago Cubs +192 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, SportsNet LA
The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers play a rubber matchup on Sunday afternoon.
The Cubs have won four of their last six games and are 17 games below a .500 record. The Cubs issue continues to be a lack of offense, as they’ve produced three or fewer runs in seven of their last 11 games. In Saturday’s loss that went 12 innings, the Cubs managed just two runs on 13 hits and struck out 12 times. Anthony Rizzo has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Starlin Castro has six hits in this series. Pitching wise, the Cubs have an ERA of 3.82. Edwin Jackson takes the mound, and he’s 5-11 with a 5.79 ERA and has 108 strikeouts in 119.2 innings. Jackson is 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA in six career starts against the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers have won seven of their last eight games and are 15 games above a .500 record. The Dodgers pitching has really taken over during this stretch, allowing three or fewer runs in eight of their last 12 games. Overall, the Dodgers have an ERA of 3.35 and have won straight when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, Hanley Ramirez has four RBI in this series and Yasiel Puig has a hit in seven of his last eight games. Starting is Josh Beckett, who is 6-5 with a 2.74 ERA and has 101 strikeouts in 111.2 innings. Beckett is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 7-19 in Jacksons last 26 road starts and 17-36 in Jacksons last 53 starts overall. The Dodgers are 4-10 in Becketts last 14 home starts and 1-4 in Becketts last 5 starts as a home favorite.
The Cubs could have easily beeing going for the sweep today if they weren't busy being, well, you know, the Cubs. Beckett hasn't been great at home this season and there's too much value with the Cubs at this line. Wager carefully, but I like the Cubs in this spot due to the value.