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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs - 10/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (107-60-1) at Los Angeles Dodgers (95-74)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Dodger Stadium)

J Arrieta (18-8) (3.10) vs. R Hill (12-6) (2.38)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -104 / Chicago Cubs -114 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds


On Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, the MLB National League Championship Series continues with Game 3 between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

The series is tied 1-1 right now, as the Cubs took an 8-4 victory in Game 1, and the Dodgers struck back by grinding out a 1-0 win in Game 2. 

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs - 10/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Tuesday’s game, the Cubs will be bringing out RHP Jake Arrieta. In his last appearance against the Giants, Arrieta struck out five with six hits and a walk in six innings. During the regular season, Arrieta put up a 3.10 ERA with an 18-8 record in 31 starts. 

The Cubs have been getting some timely hitting during the playoffs. Javier Baez holds nine hit with five runs and three RBI. Kris Bryant has hit eight times with two runs and four RBI. Dexter Fowler is sitting on four hits with four runs and a solo home run so far this postseason. 

Over on the Dodgers’ side, we’ll be seeing LHP Rich Hill in the start on Tuesday. Hill is back on normal rest after pitching Game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. Over a 12-5 record with a 2.12 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, Hill started 20 games in the regular season. 

The Dodgers have been getting production at the plate when they need it as well. Adrian Gonzalez has hit seven times with two runs, two homers and five RBI. Justin Turner holds seven hits with five runs and five RBI. Joc Pederson holds six hits with three runs and three RBI so far this postseason. 

The Cubs are 19-6 in their last 26 games following a loss, and 20-7 in their last 27 games following an off day. Chicago is also 5-2 in their last seven against the National League West, and 1-4 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter. 

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 16-5 in their last 21 Tuesday games, and 45-17 in their last 62 home games. Los Angeles is also 1-4 in their last five games following a win, and 1-4 in Hill’s last five starts. 

This looks like another low-scoring pitchers battle, so the loser will be whoever blinks first. I think that will be Hill, who skidded a bit into the postseason with seven earned in his final three starts. I like Arrieta and the Cubs to take the victory and series control here.

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