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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 8/26/13

Chicago Cubs (54-75) at Los Angeles Dodgers (76-53)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Jake Arrieta (R) (2-2) (5.754) vs. Zack Greinke (R) (12-3) (2.910)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -240 / Chicago Cubs +220 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, Prime Ticket

The white hot Los Angeles Dodgers host the Chicago Cubs in Monday night action.

The Cubs had actually exceeded my expectations for a while, but they have come in to some hard times of late, leaving many to take the stance that this is the same Chicago squad we've seen for years. I can't argue that point after Sunday's 3-2, 15 inning loss at San Diego that was number eight in eleven. This was a great job on the mound from Chris Rusin, who tossed 6.1 shutout frames with five relievers putting up zeros before Kevin Gregg blew a 2-0 lead on an RBI triple and wild pitch before Hector Rondon allowed the game winner in the 15th. Chicago mustered eight hits and walked seven times, but managed to score two in the 13th on a sac fly and an error before the sky fell. The Cubs send Jake Arrieta to the hill, hoping he can keep the Los Angeles attack in check. If he does, it will be a nice rebound from an 11-6 loss to Washington where he gave up six runs on five hits and four BB in four innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 8/26/13

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The Dodgers might be coming back to earth, but then again they are entitled to a few defeats after a near record run. Time will tell what happens going forward, but following Sunday's 8-1 defeat at the hands of the visiting Red Sox, Los Angeles has dropped back to back games and are a .500 team the past eight times out. When a team doesn't hit or get pitching they lose and that was no different for this team, who saw Chris Capuano give up three runs over five innings before this was put out of reach when Chris Withrow allowed three more in two frames. The Dodgers couldn't mount much of an attack against Jake Peavy with only three hits and a single walk resulting in a solo jack off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez. Veteran Zack Greinke faces the Cubs while shooting for win number five in a row. Greinke has been one reason the Dodgers have been winning with quality starts in eight of ten while going 7-1.

I'm sure the Dodgers want to get right back to winning, although the reality of being so hot over such a long period of time is that it generally can't be sustained. Sort of the what goes up must come down scenario. I'll back Los Angeles, but I don't know if there is value even on the run line...

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