Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/18/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (86-66) at Chicago Cubs (68-84)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Zack Greinke (R) (15-8) (2.636) vs. Tsuyoshi Wada (L) (4-3) (3.337)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +155 / Los Angeles Dodgers -165 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SNet LA, CSN-CHI, MLB N
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs begin a four-game series Thursday night at Wrigley Field.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have split their last eight games and are 20 games above a .500 record. The Dodgers pitching staff has allowed 26 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. Overall, the Los Angeles Dodgers have an ERA of 3.36, which is sixth in the majors, and they’ve lost four straight when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Adrian Gonzalez has hit in nine of his last 10 games and Juan Uribe has also hit in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Zack Greinke, who is 15-8 with a 2.64 ERA and has 191 strikeouts in 184.1 innings. Greinke is 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs have won four of their last five games and are 16 games below a .500 record. Despite allowing four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games, the Cubs have allowed a combined one run in their last three games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.89, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve won 15 straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Luis Valbuena has gotten on base in eight of his last 10 games and Welington Castillo has also gotten on base in eight of his last 10 games. Tsuyoshi Wada gets the ball, and he’s 4-3 with a 3.34 ERA and has 48 strikeouts in 59.1 innings. This will be Wada’s second career game against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 3-8 in Greinkes last 11 road starts and 14-6 in Greinkes last 20 starts during game 1 of a series. The Cubs are 23-11 in their last 34 during game 1 of a series and 2-8 in their last 10 games as an underdog. The Dodgers are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago.
You have to think the Dodgers will bounce back after really stiking it up against the Rockies. While Greinke hasn't been great on the road, I like LA to start this series off with a victory.