Los Angeles Dodgers (17-12) at Chicago Cubs (12-16)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)
Trevor Bauer (3-1) (2.48) vs. Keegan Thompson (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +175 / Los Angeles Dodgers -190 --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of a double-header in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to build some momentum after having Monday’s series opener postponed. Justin Turner leads the Dodgers with a .337 batting average, 6 home runs, 21 RBIs and 34 hits while sharing the team lead in doubles with Mookie Betts as both have 7 doubles this season. Corey Seager, Chris Taylor and Gavin Lux all have a pair of triples while Seager, Taylor and AJ Pollock all have 4 homers on the year. Trevor Bauer is expected to start here and is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bauer is 5-1 with a 1.13 ERA and 47 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to add to the Dodgers recent struggles against the NL Central here. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with a .323 batting average, a .405 OBP, 31 hits, 10 doubles and 9 home runs with 22 RBIs while Javier Baez also has 22 RBIs with 7 home runs and Willson Contreras also has 7 homers this season. Keegan Thompson will make the start here and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA this season. This will be Thompson's first career start against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 46-16 in their last 62 games as a road favorite and 44-18 in their last 62 road games while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games as a favorite. Chicago is 6-2 in their last 8 games against the NL West and 2-7 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Dodgers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the plus money with the Cubs is tempting as a home dog, but Bauer’s been rock solid for his new club and the Cubs just haven’t been swinging the bats well enough to warrant backing them as a home dog, even with a fair bit of plus money. Bauer could be another pitcher to put himself in a position for a no-hitter that won’t count with this being a seven-inning game, but either way I’ll back the Dodgers on the run line here.