Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 8/27/13
Chicago Cubs (55-76) at Los Angeles Dodgers (77-54)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Travis Wood (L) (7-10) (3.218) vs. Clayton Kershaw (L) (13-7) (1.724)
Los Angeles Dodgers -280 / Chicago Cubs +250 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs hope to stifle the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday after being canned 6-2 in LA Monday evening.
The Dodgers' Zack Greinke (13-3, 2.86 ERA) helped his own cause with an RBI-single during the bottom of the fourth. Carl Craford's double increased Los Angeles' lead to 2-0. After eight innings, the Dodgers' advantage swelled to 6-0 after Nick Punto's RBI-double, Crawford's sacrifice fly, Hanley Ramirez's home run and Yasiel Puig's HR.
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Then during the top of the ninth, Brian Bogusevic's double knocked in Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz, as well as knocking Greinke out of the game. Brian Wilson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) got his first bit of action in blue and white during the ninth, getting the final out. Chicago was outhit 9-5. The Cubs' Starlin Castro was caught stealing.
Clayton Kershaw (13-7, 1.72 ERA) tries to extend his three-game winning streak to four by conquering Chicago in LA. On Aug. 11 at Dodger Stadium, Kershaw began his win streak by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2, yielding two runs, one earned, during eight innings. Two eight-frame road shutouts followed. The Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, though, tripped up Kershaw July 12 and June 5 in Los Angeles by driving in six runs, five earned, during 13 innings.
Aside from TB, Kershaw has also toppled the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants twice and Washington Nationals, giving up three runs during 48.2 frames. SD and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Kershaw at Dodger Stadium before June by striking in nine runs, seven earned, during 12.1 innings. Kershaw trumped the Cubs 3-1 last Aug. 4 with seven one-run innings. Against Kershaw, Chicago is 10-of-61 with six RBIs, a pair from Darnell McDonald, Cody Ransom and Ian Stewart.
The Cubs return with Travis Wood (7-10, 3.22 ERA), who is 3-3 in away appearances. Chicago is 4-6 when Wood throws on the road. Wood has beaten the Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh and SF in away games by surrendering three runs, two earned, during 19 frames. In road defeats, Kershaw bled for 13 runs, 12 earned, during 18.1 innings.
Wood saw LA first last season on May 6, giving up three runs during six frames in a 4-3 Cubs victory. Versus Wood, the Dodgers are 18-of-53 with six RBIs, two from Matt Kemp. Los Angeles looks like easy money, but with the odds, risk the run-line.