Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs NLCS Game 5 - 10/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (107-61-1) at Los Angeles Dodgers (96-74)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Dodger Stadium)
J Lester (20-5) (2.33) vs. Kenta Maeda (16-12) (3.70)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers +145 / Chicago Cubs -155 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Thursday at Dodger Stadium, the MLB is bringing us an all-important Game 5 in the NLCS between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The series is currently tied 2-2. Chicago bagged Game 1 8-4, but L.A. took the next two games 1-0 and 6-0. The Cubs struck back in Game 4, posting a rousing 10-2 victory.
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Taking the mound for the Cubs on Thursday will be lefty Jon Lester. This will be a repeat of Game 1 for the Chicago, as they started Lester there as well. In that opener, Lester allowed four hits one run and one walk in a no-decision that turned into a Cubs victory.
Chicago’s bats came alive in Game 4, and we saw a lot of offense. Anthony Rizzo was a standout with a 3-of-5 line, a homer, three RBI and two runs. SS Addison Russell bagged three hits as well in Game 4, bringing in two RBI and a pair of runs and a homer. Dexter Fowler also had a nice game, going 2-of-5 with an RBI and a run.
Over on the Dodgers’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Kenta Maeda in Game 5. In his last outing—which was Game 1 of the series—Maeda gave up four hits, three runs and three walks in four innings. That gives Maeda a total of seven runs and nine hits given up over seven innings this postseason.
Los Angeles’ hitters couldn’t keep up in Game 4, leading to an embarrassing loss. Justin Turner managed the Dodgers’ only runs, going 1-for-3 with two RBI. L.A. had just six hits on the night.
The Cubs are 21-8 in their last 29 Thursday games, and 24-7 in Lester’s last 31 starts. Chicago is also 5-2 in Lester’s last seven road starts, and 20-7 in Lester’s last 27 starts following a quality start in his last appearance.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 5-1 in their last six home games versus a left-handed starter, and 6-1 in Maeda’s last seven home starts. Los Angeles is also 6-3 in their last eight home games versus a team with a winning road record.
I picked Chicago in Game 4, as I knew they were simply too good of a team to go down 3-1. It’s a whole new series now, with just three games to go. In the opener, Lester should have gotten the win because he pitched extremely well. The lone blemish on Lester’s card was a solo homer that carried due to the wind. I see more of the same dominant pitching going on here, which gives the Cubs a leg up in the quest to take the series lead. I’ll go with Chicago once again for Game 5.