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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 8/28/13

Chicago Cubs (56-76) at Los Angeles Dodgers (77-55)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Edwin Jackson (R) (7-13) (5.000) vs. Ricky Nolasco (R) (10-9) (3.422)

Los Angeles Dodgers -225 / Chicago Cubs +210 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


The Chicago Cubs battle the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rubber match Wednesday.

Chicago stunned LA 3-2 during Game Two by knocking Clayton Kershaw (13-7, 1.72 ERA) out of the game after just 5.2 frames. Dioner Navarro's and Starlin Castro's RBI-singles helped the Dodgers determine it would be a short night for Kershaw, who conceded seven hits and three walks.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 8/28/13

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Juan Uribe singled in Hanley Ramirez during the bottom of the sixth for Los Angeles' first run. Brian Bogusevic grounded into a double play an inning later, but the Cubs were able to score one run. Andre Ethier singled in Ramirez for the Dodgers' final blood shed during Game Two.

Edwin Jackson (7-13, 5.00 ERA) hasn't tasted a win since July 31 and hasn't picked up a victory in an away game since June 30. Jackson has surrendered 23 runs, 21 earned, during 29.2 frames on the road after winning 7-6 at the Seattle Mariners. Jackson let in three runs during six innings.

Overall in away appearances, Jackson is 3-7, giving up 32 runs, 25 earned, during 36 frames in road losses. In away victories, Jackson bled for six runs during 17.1 innings at the New York Mets, Seattle and the Washington Nationals. LA is 26-of-111 with 14 RBIs, four from Adrian Gonzalez, versus Jackson.

The Dodgers respond with Ricky Nolasco (10-9, 3.42 ERA), who is 5-1 with Los Angeles after starting the year 5-8 with the Miami Marlins. Nolasco matched his win total with Miami in just nine outings. Only twice have the Dodgers fallen when Nolasco's gone. Nolasco lost 3-1 in LA July 14 to the Colorado Rockies, conceding three runs during five frames.

Nolasco's home victories have come over the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, yielding two runs during 14.1 innings. At Chicago Aug. 1, Nolasco let in three runs during five frames to lead to a 6-4 win. Ironically, the Cubs also fell 6-4 at Marlins Park April 28 to Nolasco, who gave up three runs during seven innings. Against Nolasco, Chicago is 34-of-107 with 18 RBIs, a handful belonging to Darwin Barney. I'd say go with Dodger blue Wednesday, although as I learned Tuesday, nothing's a sure thing.

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