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Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick - 8/2/2013

Los Angeles Dodgers (58-49) at Chicago Cubs (49-59)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Chicago Cubs +111 / Los Angeles Dodgers -121 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


The Los Angeles Dodgers outclassed the Chicago Cubs with pitching Thursday and hope more of the same is on display in Game Two at Wrigley Field.

LA toppled Chicago 6-4, despite opening a 2-0 hole due to Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo first-inning home runs. Hanley Ramirez's game-tying double was one of a dozen Dodgers hits. Lake and Rizzo each homered again later, but the only other Cubs to get aboard with a base knock was Darwin Barney. Jerry Hairston Jr., Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig also drove in runs for Los Angeles.

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick - 8/2/2013

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Travis Wood (7-7, 2.79 ERA) wheels and deals next for Chicago on Friday. Wood is 4-4 at Wrigley winning by conceding five runs during 26.1 innings to the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. In Wrigley losses, Wood has yielded eight runs to the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers during 28 frames.

So pretty much Wood has been good at Wrigley Field every time out. The Cubs are 1-3, however, in Chicago when Wood leaves with a no-decision, all of which have been quite adequate trips. Wood's first start a seasonago  was against the Dodgers, where he allowined three runs during six innings in a 4-3 Cubs victory. LA is 12-of-39 with three RBIs, two from Matt Kemp and one from Andre Ethier, versus Wood.

The Dodgers turn to Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3, 3.14 ERA), who won his last two road decisions, despite yielding six runs during 12 innings at the San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays. Los Angeles is 6-4 in Ryu's 10 away voyages, getting victories in his last three. Ryu was beaten at the New York Yankees and SF, yielding three and four runs during six frames a piece.

At the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers, the first two months of the season Ryu conceded five runs during 13.1 innings to pick up two wins. Chicago's Cole Gillespie is the lone Cub to have swung against Ryu, going 0-of-3. This should be the Dodgers' game to lose.


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