Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 10/16/16 MLB NLCS Game Two Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (94-74) at Chicago Cubs (107-59-1)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Wrigley Field)
C Kershaw (13-4) (1.95) vs. K Hendricks (16-8) (2.14)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +114 / Los Angeles Dodgers -124 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs play game two of the MLB NLCS Sunday night at Wrigley Field on FS1.
The Los Angeles Dodgers would love to steal game two with their ace and head back to LA with home field advantage. The Dodgers bullpen fell apart in their game one loss, as the offense did what it could to battle back. The good news for the Dodgers is that they’ve scored four or more runs in four of their six playoff games, with guys like Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson continue to put together great at bats. As for the bullpen collapse for the Dodgers, some may chalk it up to tired bodies after what it took to get through the series against the Washington Nationals. The Los Angeles Dodgers should feel better with their ace on the mound here. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he was 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA and 172 strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 3-6 with a 4.79 ERA and 96 strikeouts in his postseason career.
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The Chicago Cubs are now 4-1 this postseason and will take full control of this series with another win at home. The Cubs offense continues to produce, as Chicago has now scored a combined 24 runs in their last four games. Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have combined for 16 hits and seven RBI while Miguel Montero has four RBI in five at bats. At this point, it’s not a matter of when the Cubs are going to break out the big hits, it’s when. The Cubs five runs in the eighth inning in game one and have now won 12 of their last 16 games overall when scoring more than three runs. The Chicago Cubs are oozing with confidence right now and have to feel they're never out of a game. Kyle Hendricks takes the hill, and he was 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA and 170 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 0-0 with a 5.11 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Dodgers are 40-19 in Kershaws last 59 road starts and 60-21 in Kershaws last 81 starts overall. The Cubs are 26-10 in Hendricks' last 36 home starts and 7-1 in Hendricks' last 8 starts overall. The Dodgers are 5-2 in Kershaws last 7 starts vs. Cubs.
The Dodgers have the offense to hang with the Cubs, they just need a pitcher to go long into the game and quiet Chicago. Kershaw is the guy to do it, as he looks like he's been sharp this postseason and majority of the runs allowed against the Nationals were bullpen guys allowing his runners to score. Sometimes postseason games just come down to the pitching matchup, and while the Cubs and the plus money is tough to pass up, I have to side with arguably the best pitcher in baseball and the cheap price. I like the Dodgers to tie up this series.