Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs NLCS Game 4 - 10/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (107-60-1) at Los Angeles Dodgers (95-74)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Dodger Stadium)
J Lackey (11-8) (3.42) vs. Julio Urias (6-2) (3.30)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers TBA / Chicago Cubs TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Wednesday from Dodger Stadium, the MLB is bringing us Game 4 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In Game 3 on Tuesday with the series tied 1-1, the Dodgers bats caught fire and L.A. cruised to a rousing 6-0 victory, holding the Cubs to just four hits on the evening. The Dodgers are now ahead in the series 2-1.
USA TODAY Sports
Taking the mound for the Cubs in Game 4 will be RHP John Lackey. In his last outing, Lackey allowed three earned in four innings in Chicago’s NLDS win over the Giants. During the season, Lackey held an 11-8 record in 29 starts with a 3.35 WHIP and a 1.06 ERA in 188.1 innings.
Chicago’s big hitters failed them in Game 3. Kris Bryant was the only player on the team to get multiple hits, going 2-for-4 on the night. Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo were the only other players to get a hit, each going 1-for-4 for the Cubs.
Over on the Dodgers’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty Julio Urias on Wednesday. Urias didn’t make a start in the NLDS round, but did toss two scoreless innings of relief. Interestingly enough, Urias will be the youngest starter in postseason history at 20 years and 68 days—and he will also have a very short leash if he struggles.
The Dodgers offense got a lot of production across the board in Game 3. Corey Seager led the way with a 3-for-4 line and an RBI. Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner each had a home run, resulting in a combined four RBI and two runs.
The Cubs are 9-2 in their last 11 Wednesday games, and 1-4 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter. Chicago is also 4-0 in Lackey’s last four starts, and 4-0 in Lackey’s last four Wednesday starts.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 4-1 in their last five Wednesday games, and 4-0 in Urias’ last four starts versus the National League Central. Los Angeles is also 6-1 in Urias’ last seven home starts, and 9-2 in Urias’ last 11 starts overall.
I got burned in Game 3, but I’m going to stick with the Cubs here. Lackey cruised into the postseason, allowing two runs or fewer in six of his final seven starts. With that stellar Cubs offense in the dugout, Chicago has to get their bats going at some point.