Los Angeles Dodgers (17-12) at Chicago Cubs (12-16)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Clayton Kershaw (4-2) (2.09) vs. Kyle Hendricks (1-3) (7.54)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +175 / Los Angeles Dodgers -195 --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs meet Tuesday in MLB action from Wrigley Field.
This will be the first installment in a three-game set between these teams, and the first game in a Tuesday doubleheader. The Monday opener was pushed back due to weather. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Los Angeles played the Brewers over the weekend and didn’t have much luck, losing the first three before getting a 16-4 win on Sunday. In that game three matchup, the Dodgers’ offense came alive with 18 hits. Matt Beaty finished with four hits, three runs and seven RBI.
For the Tuesday game one starting pitcher matchup, the Dodgers will send out Clayton Kershaw. Over his 38.2 innings of work so far, Kershaw has 30 hits, 10 runs (nine earned), three homers allowed, 39 strikeouts and a 2.09 ERA overall.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they played the Reds over the weekend. Chicago won just one of those three outings on Saturday. In the Sunday game the Cubs managed four runs in the eighth inning to tie things up but ended up losing in the 10th 13-12. Starter Trevor Williams went just 2.2 innings with six earned in the defeat.
For the Tuesday game one, Chicago will send out Kyle Hendricks. So far this year over five appearances Hendricks has 22.2 innings with 32 hits, 19 earned runs, 10 homers allowed, eight walks, 21 Ks and a 7.54 ERA.
The Dodgers are 4-0 in their last four opening games of a doubleheader and 46-16 in their last 62 as a road favorite. LA is 19-7 in their last 26 versus the NL Central and 39-12 in their last 51 versus a team with a losing record.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 6-1 in their last seven versus a left-handed starter and 6-2 in their last eight versus the NL West. Chicago is 9-4 in their last 13 Tuesday games and 2-6 in their last eight as an underdog.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Dodgers here. The bad news for the Cubs is that they’ll be facing Clayton Kershaw, who has given up just four earned runs in his last five starts combined. Chicago is really going to have to take advantage of every opportunity in order to stay in this game. Hendricks gave up seven earned in 3.2 innings his last time up and I like him to bounce back, but this game should be Los Angeles’ to lose.