Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/19/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (87-66) at Chicago Cubs (68-85)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Clayton Kershaw (L) (18-3) (1.725) vs. Edwin Jackson (R) (6-14) (6.021)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +242 / Los Angeles Dodgers -265 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsNet LA, WGN, MLB N
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs play Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won five of their last eight games and have improved to 21 games above .500. The Dodgers offense is heating up at the right time, scoring four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Dodgers have won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Adrian Gonzalez has hit in nine of his last 10 games and Yasiel Puig has 14 hits in his last 10 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have an ERA of 3.36, which is sixth in the majors. Starting is Clayton Kershaw, who is 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA and has 219 strikeouts in 185.1 innings. Kershaw is 3-2 with a 1.60 ERA in five career starts against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs have lost nine of their last 13 games and are 17 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff has been brutal lately, allowing four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.87, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve lost 20 of their last 21 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Luis Valbuena has five hits in his last three games and Chris Coghlan has hit in six of his last nine games. Edwin Jackson gets the ball, and he’s 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA and has 123 strikeouts in 139 innings. Jackson is 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA in seven career starts against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 38-16 in Kershaws last 54 road starts and 36-15 in Kershaws last 51 starts overall. The Cubs are 1-6 in Jacksons last 7 home starts and 18-39 in Jacksons last 57 starts overall.
The Dodgers are probably going to win and it could very well be a shutout with Kershaw on the mound. However, there's no way you turn down these insane odds in a baseball game where anything can happen in one out of 162 games. Give me the Cubbies for some small action.