Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/21/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (88-67) at Chicago Cubs (69-86)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Dan Haren (R) (13-11) (4.138) vs. Jacob Turner (R) (5-8) (6.181)
The Line: Chicago Cubs / Los Angeles Dodgers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsNet LA, CSN-CHI
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs wrap up their four-game series Sunday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost three of their last five games and seem to be taking it easy heading into the playoffs. The Dodgers pitching staff has been shaky, allowing four or more runs in five straight games, including 21 runs in this series. The Los Angeles Dodgers have an ERA of 3.38, which is sixth in the majors, and they’ve lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Gonzalez has an eight-game hitting streak and Hanley Ramirez has five hits in this series. Dan Haren takes the mound, and he’s 13-11 with a 4.14 ERA and has 134 strikeouts in 174 innings. Haren is 2-3 with a 5.71 ERA in seven career starts against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs have lost 10 of their last 15 games and are 17 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff has also been lousy lately, allowing four or more runs in 12 of their last 15 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.92, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has an RBI in five of his last six games and Luis Valbuena has scored a run in four straight games. Starting is Jacob Turner, who is 5-10 with a 6.20 ERA and has 66 strikeouts in 103 innings. Turner is 0-1 with a 8.16 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 4-10 in their last 14 vs. National League Central. The Cubs are 16-35 in their last 51 during game 4 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League West.
There's no line on this game just yet, but there's no way I'm backing Jacob Turner. Turner was terrible with the Marlins and is coming off a game where he allowed seven runs. Give me the Dodgers regardless of the line.