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Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 1 - 10/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (94-72) at Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm (Dodger Stadium)

J Quintana (11-11) (4.15) vs. C Kershaw (18-4) (2.31)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -207 / Chicago Cubs +177 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

Out at Dodger Stadium on Saturday evening, the National League Championship Series will kick off with Game 1 between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

The Cubs are fresh off their NLDS series versus the Nationals. That set went the entire five games, with Chicago winning Game 1 (3-0), Game 3 (2-1) and Game 5 (9-8). 

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 1 - 10/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Chicago had some tough decisions to make this weekend, but they’ve finally named Jose Quintana as the starting pitcher for Game 1. In his 188.2 innings and 11-11 record this year, Quintana posted a 4.15 ERA with 207 Ks. 

The Cubs have some key hitters on their roster this year. Kris Bryant finished the regular season with 162 hits, 111 runs, 29 homers and 73 RBI, while Anthony Rizzo had 156 hits, 99 runs, 32 homers and 109 RBI. Bryant provided a hit, a run and an RBI on Thursday, while Rizzo managed an RBI. 

Over on the Dodgers’ side, they took care of business quickly against the Diamondbacks, taking the sweep with three straight wins 9-5, 8-5 and 3-1. Los Angeles last played on Monday. 

LA will be going with ace Clayton Kershaw on Saturday in Game 1. In his 27 starts and 175.0 innings this year, Kershaw put up 202 Ks and a 2.31 ERA. 

The Dodgers have some big bats this year. Justin Turner leads the way so far in the postseason with six hits, one run, one homer and five RBI, while Yasiel Puig has put up five hits, a double, a triple and four RBI. 

The Cubs are 5-1 in their last six playoff road games and 4-1 in the last five road games. Chicago is also 6-2 in their last eight playoff games and 22-8 in their lat 31 during game four of a series. 

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 45-9 in Kershaw’s last 54 starts and 47-10 in Kershaw’s last 57 home starts. LA is also 4-1 in Kershaw’s last five starts versus the NL Central and 14-2 in Kershaw’s last 16 starts in game one of a series. 

In his lone start this postseason, Kershaw put up 6.1 innings, five hits and four earned runs but still got the win versus the Diamondbacks. He threw just 57 pitches in that one, which was way back on Saturday. As for Quintana, he was great in Game 3 of the division series, and also helped out on 2/3 of an inning in Game 5. That said, I like Kershaw to come out firing here and I will take the well-rested Dodgers for the win.

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