Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (88-66) at Chicago Cubs (68-86)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Fausto Carmona (R) (8-11) (4.118) vs. Felix Doubront (L) (4-5) (4.214)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +128 / Los Angeles Dodgers -138 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs play game three of their four-game series Saturday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won five of their last seven games and are 22 games above a .500 record. The Dodgers offense continues to produce runs in truckloads, scoring 22 runs in this series and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Dodgers have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Adrian Gonzalez has a seven-game hitting streak and Yasiel Puig has four RBIs in this series. The Los Angeles Dodgers have an ERA of 3.36, which is sixth in the majors. Roberto Hernandez takes the hill, and he’s 8-11 with a 4.06 ERA and has 98 strikeouts in 155 innings. Hernandez is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in three career games against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs have lost 10 of their last 14 games and are 18 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff has been getting rocked lately, allowing four or more runs in 11 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.87, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve lost 21 of their last 22 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has an RBI in four of his last five games and Chris Coghlan has hit in seven of his last 10 games. Starting is Felix Doubront, who is 4-5 with a 5.00 ERA and has 49 strikeouts in 77.1 innings. This will be Doubront’s second career game against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record and 43-19 in their last 62 road games vs. a team with a losing record. The Cubs are 20-43 in their last 63 during game 3 of a series and 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Dodgers are simply tearing the cover off the ball, while the Cubs are giving up runs left and right. LA should roll here and look for the sweep on Sunday.