Cubs vs. Dodgers - 5/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (27-24) at Chicago Cubs (34-14)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
A Wood (1-3) (4.03) vs. J Hammel (6-1) (2.17)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -148 / Los Angeles Dodgers +138 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs begin a key four-game series Monday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Dodgers have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers offense has clearly heated up lately, and they’ve won eight of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Corey Seager leads Los Angeles with 55 hits, Adrian Gonzalez has 26 RBI and Joc Pederson has eight home runs. Alex Wood gets the ball, and he’s 1-3 with a 4.03 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Wood is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to build on their current five-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been consistent all season, and they’ve won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Ben Zobrist leads Chicago with 59 hits, Kris Bryant has 37 RBI and Dexter Fowler has six home runs. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 6-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 2-6 with a 4.93 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 3-9 in their last 12 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Woods last 5 starts. The Cubs are 21-6 in their last 27 during game 1 of a series and 7-1 in Hammels last 8 starts. The Dodgers are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Chicago and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
It's hard enough to beat the Cubs as it is, but the Dodgers are going to be playing on travel and a quick turnaround. The Dodgers aren't going to have much rest after playing late night Sunday in New York. I'm siding with the best team in baseball and the reasonable price.