Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs NLCS Game 6 - 10/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (96-76) at Chicago Cubs (109-61-1)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Wrigley Field)
C Kershaw (14-4) (1.87) vs. K Hendricks (16-9) (2.13)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +119 / Los Angeles Dodgers -129 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Saturday in NLCS action in the MLB, we’ve got Game 6 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field.
It’s been quite a series so far. The Cubs and the Dodgers went into Thursday’s Game 5 tied at 2-2, but Chicago took the lead with a dominant 8-4 victory. Chicago effectively sealed the win with a whopping five runs in the top of the eighth.
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Taking the mound for the Dodgers on Saturday will be ace Clayton Kershaw. In his last outing—Game 2 of this series—Kershaw put up seven shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing just two singles and a walk. On the season, Kershaw went 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA in 21 starts.
Los Angeles hasn’t been able to keep up with the Cubs when they’re hitting. Corey Seager was the only Dodger to get multiple hits in Game 5, with a 2-for-4 night.
Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Kyle Hendricks in the start Saturday. Hendricks was the starter in Game 2 and pitched well with one run and three hits across 5.1 innings. During the season, Hendricks went 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
The Cubs have gotten their bats going in the past couple of games. Dexter Fowler bagged two hits with two runs and an RBI in Game 5, while Kris Bryant put up two hits, a run and an RBI of his own. Javier Baez continued to impress on a 3-for-5 night with three RBI and a run.
The Dodgers are 4-1 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter, and 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games. Los Angeles is also 12-5 in their last 17 games following a loss, and 5-12 in their last 17 playoff road games.
As for the Cubs, they’re 19-7 in their last 26 games following an off day, and 18-7 in their last 25 games versus a team with a winning record. Chicago is also 50-21 in their last 72 overall, and 106-51 in their last 157 games following a win.
I do believe the Cubs will win this series, if for no other reason than it will be extremely difficult for Los Angeles to steal the last two at Wrigley, however I’m going with the Dodgers here. I simply can’t pick against Kershaw; L.A. is 61-21 in his last 82 starts, and he’s been a shutdown guy in the playoffs so far. Give me Los Angeles in a tight, low-scoring game.