<![CDATA[MLB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs - 10/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/18/los-angeles-dodgers-at-chicago-cubs-10/18/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in game four of the NLCS at Wrigley Field.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will advance to their first world series since 1988 with a victory here. As I’ve said before, the Dodgers continue to get terrific play from their pitching staff and offense, which is why they have yet to lose a game this postseason. When both sides are playing to their potential, the Dodgers are the best team in all of baseball, something they proved in the regular season. The Los Angeles Dodgers have allowed just five runs in their last four…

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in game four of the NLCS at Wrigley Field.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will advance to their first world series since 1988 with a victory here. As I’ve said before, the Dodgers continue to get terrific play from their pitching staff and offense, which is why they have yet to lose a game this postseason. When both sides are playing to their potential, the Dodgers are the best team in all of baseball, something they proved in the regular season. The Los Angeles Dodgers have allowed just five runs in their last four games while the offense has scored four or more in five of their six postseason games. Justin Turner leads the Dodgers with nine hits and 10 RBI while Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor have combined for 16 hits and 10 RBI. Alex Wood gets the ball, and he was 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and 151 strikeouts this season. Wood is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and six strikeouts in his postseason career. 

The Chicago Cubs need a victory in order to force a game five on Thursday. The Cubs simply can’t put together any sort of offense, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in seven of their eight postseason games. While the Cubs pitching staff hasn’t been great either, you just can’t win games this time of year scoring one meaningless run. It’s no secret the Chicago Cubs have the bats to get the job done, as they are the defending world series champs, but we haven’t seen any sort of consistent play from the offense to expect things are going to turnaround. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with seven hits and two RBI while Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 11 hits and 11 RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and 163 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 4-3 with a 3.33 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Dodgers are 8-2 in Woods last 10 road starts, 18-4 in Woods last 22 starts on grass and 18-4 in Woods last 22 starts. The Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 Wednesday games, 8-1 in Arrietas last 9 starts with 6 days of rest and 3-7 in Arrietas last 10 starts vs. National League West. The Cubs are 1-4 in Arrietas last 5 starts vs. Dodgers, the Dodgers are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 4-0 in Woods last 4 starts vs. Cubs.

Forget the pitching matchup or the fact the Cubs don't want to get swept in front of their fans, what has Chicago shown you this series or this postseason overall that gives you confidence in the home team? Nothing. The offense is not scoring runs. It's that cut and dry. As for the pitching matchup, Wood has allowed just four runs in his last 18 innings and had an ERA of 2.24 with an allowed batting average of .203 on the road. Arrieta struggled with control in his one postseason game, walking five batters and throwing 90 pitches in four innings. Like game three, there's no reason to back the Cubs, as they've provided no signs of turning the offense around.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:53:33 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97733
<![CDATA[Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game Four - 10/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/18/chicago-cubs-vs-los-angeles-dodgers-nlcs-game-four-10/18/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs will square off in game four of the NLCS from Wrigley Field on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to complete the sweep of the Cubs after taking a 3-0 series lead with a 6-1 victory in game three on Tuesday. Chris Taylor led the charge by going 2 for 5 with a solo home run and an RBI triple. Andre Ethier added a solo homer of his own, while Kyle Farmer and starting pitcher Yu Darvish chipped in RBIs of their own in the win. Yasiel Puig went 2 for 5 at the dish, while Joc Pederson added a double, Enrique Hernandez and Austin…

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs will square off in game four of the NLCS from Wrigley Field on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to complete the sweep of the Cubs after taking a 3-0 series lead with a 6-1 victory in game three on Tuesday. Chris Taylor led the charge by going 2 for 5 with a solo home run and an RBI triple. Andre Ethier added a solo homer of his own, while Kyle Farmer and starting pitcher Yu Darvish chipped in RBIs of their own in the win. Yasiel Puig went 2 for 5 at the dish, while Joc Pederson added a double, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes chipped in base hits of their own in the win. Yu Darvish got the win after giving up just the one run on six hits while striking out seven over 6.1 innings of work. Alex Wood will make his postseason debut and was 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and 151 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Wood is 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 36 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to start the road back after dropping game three on Tuesday. Kyle Schwarber’s solo home run to open the scoring for Chicago was all of the scoring that the Cubbies would do in the loss. Kris Bryant went 2 for 4 at the plate and Albert Almora Jr. added a double while Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, Alex Avila and Addison Russell all contributed base hits in the losing effort. Kyle Hendricks took the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Jake Arrieta will start game four after being hit with a loss in game four after allowing just an unearned run on two hits while walking five and striking out four over just four innings of work. In his career, Arrieta is 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA and 38 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 18-4 in Wood’s last 22 starts and 6-0 in their last 6 playoff games while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 road games. Chicago is 3-7 in Arrieta’s last 10 starts against the NL West and 19-8 in their last 27 home games while the under is 4-1-1 in Arrieta’s last 6 starts against a team with a winning record. Los Angeles is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

The Dodgers have outscored the Cubs 15-4 in the first three games of the series, and just when you think the Cubs can get some momentum with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no one out in the 9th in game three, they fail to put a run across. Sure, Wood hasn’t pitched in almost a month and there’s always a possibility for some nerves and some rust. But Wood was also one of the most consistent arms in the Dodgers’ rotation all season, and the Cubs’ lack of offense hasn’t given me any reason to back them here, so I’ll take the Dodgers to complete the sweep and head to their first World Series since 1988.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:49:19 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97730
<![CDATA[Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Game 4 - 10/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/18/chicago-cubs-vs-los-angeles-dodgers-game-4-10/18/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Up at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs will be meeting up in Game 4 of their NLCS matchup. 

The Dodgers took Game 1 5-2 and Game 2 4-1, then on Tuesday LA peppered in even more runs, riding the wave to a 6-1 victory and a 3-0 series lead. 

For the Wednesday game, the Dodgers will be bringing out lefty Alex Wood. In his 152.1 innings and 16-3 record this year, Wood posted a 2.72 ERA with 151 Ks and 38 BBs. 

The Dodgers have some notable hitters this year. Corey Seager put up 159 hits,…

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Up at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs will be meeting up in Game 4 of their NLCS matchup. 

The Dodgers took Game 1 5-2 and Game 2 4-1, then on Tuesday LA peppered in even more runs, riding the wave to a 6-1 victory and a 3-0 series lead. 

For the Wednesday game, the Dodgers will be bringing out lefty Alex Wood. In his 152.1 innings and 16-3 record this year, Wood posted a 2.72 ERA with 151 Ks and 38 BBs. 

The Dodgers have some notable hitters this year. Corey Seager put up 159 hits, 85 runs, 22 homers and 77 RBI in the regular season, and Chris Taylor had 148 hits, 85 runs, 21 homers and 72 RBI. Taylor had a good game on Tuesday, bagging a homer and two RBI. Seager is banged up right now and didn’t make the trip to Chicago. 

Over on the Cubs’ side, they’re rolling with RHP Jake Arrieta on Wednesday. In his 168.1 innings and 14-10 record this year, Arrieta put up a 3.53 ERA with 163 Ks and 55 BBs. 

Chicago has some key hitters as well. Kris Bryant led the way in the regular season with 162 hits, 111 runs, 29 homers and 73 RBI, while Anthony Rizzo logged 156 hits, 99 runs, 32 homers and 109 RBI. Bryant and Rizzo combined to go 3-for-8 on Tuesday. 

The Dodgers are 5-0 in Wood’s last five starts versus the NL Central and 18-4 in Wood’s last 22 starts. LA is also 8-2 in Wood’s last 10 road starts and 6-1 in Wood’s last seven starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Cubs are 6-2 in their last eight Wednesday games and 3-7 in Arrieta’s last 10 starts versus the NL West. The under is 3-0-1 in the Cubs’ last four games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15 and 4-1-1 in Arrieta’s last six starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Wood hasn’t had to pitch in a long time—September 26 versus the Padres to be exact. The good news is that he had three straight quality starts to end the regular season, allowing four earned in total over 18.0 innings. As for Arrieta, he went 4.0 innings against the Nats in a loss, giving up one unearned run and two hits. I like Arrieta to come out firing here and I think the Cubs will get one.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:44:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97727
<![CDATA[New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros - 10/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/18/new-york-yankees-vs-houston-astros-10/18/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees meet in game five of the ALCS from Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Houston Astros will try to head home with a series lead after letting the Yankees even up the set at two wins apiece following a 6-4 New York victory in game four on Tuesday. In the loss, all three Astro base hits were doubles, as Yuli Gurriel went 1 for 4 with three RBIs and Carlos Beltran along with Marwin Gonzalez each contributed a two bagger in the loss. Lance McCullers Jr. gave up one run on two hits while walking a pair and striking out three over six innings of…

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The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees meet in game five of the ALCS from Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Houston Astros will try to head home with a series lead after letting the Yankees even up the set at two wins apiece following a 6-4 New York victory in game four on Tuesday. In the loss, all three Astro base hits were doubles, as Yuli Gurriel went 1 for 4 with three RBIs and Carlos Beltran along with Marwin Gonzalez each contributed a two bagger in the loss. Lance McCullers Jr. gave up one run on two hits while walking a pair and striking out three over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Ken Giles gave up the game-deciding run, taking the loss and recording his first blown save of the postseason. Dallas Keuchel will get the nod after getting the win in game one, following seven innings of four hit shutout baseball while striking out ten. In his career, Keuchel is 4-2 with a 1.41 ERA and 45 strikeouts against the Yankees.

The New York Yankees will look to keep the ball rolling after getting back into the series following their win in game four on Tuesday. Aaron Judge went 2 for 3 with a homer, a double and two RBIs, while Gary Sanchez led the team with a double and three RBIs. Brett Gardner added an RBI of his own, while Didi Gregorius went 2 for 4 with a triple. Todd Frazier also went 2 for 4 while Chase Headley added a pinch hit of his own in the win. Sonny Gray went five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit while walking a pair and striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Chad Green got the win, while Aroldis Chapman struck out a pair in the 9th for his first save of the postseason. Masahiro Tanaka will start game five after ending up with the loss in game one, after giving up two runs on four hits while striking out three over six innings of work. In his career, Tanaka is 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 11-2 in Keuchel’s last 13 road starts and 8-3 in their last 11 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 playoff road games. New York is 39-16 in Tanaka’s last 55 home starts and 20-7 in their last 27 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a left-handed starter. Houston is 6-1 in Keuchel’s last 7 starts against New York.

I went with Houston on Tuesday and it blew up right in my face. I also said that if Houston went on to drop game four, I think they’d go back to Houston down 3-2, and I’m going to stand by that here. I know Tanaka has a garbage career ERA against the Astros, but he held Houston to just two runs in game one. Sure, the Astros have been money with Keuchel on the mound against the Yanks, but the plus money with the Yankees at home is where it’s at considering the momentum that New York has right now.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:03:32 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97721
<![CDATA[Houston Astros at New York Yankees ALCS Game 5 - 10/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/18/houston-astros-at-new-york-yankees-alcs-game-5-10/18/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Yankees host the Houston Astros in game five of the ALCS in a Wednesday night MLB matchup.

The Houston Astros appeared to be on the verge of taking a 3-1 series edge on Tuesday with a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 7th before the pen imploded in a 6-4 defeat. Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. was cruising with a run allowed on two hits and two walks over six frames but his effort went for naught when Chris Devenski, Joe Musgrave and Ken Giles combined to allow five runs.  

The Astros offense logged four hits and walked three times with Yuli Gurriel smacking…

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The New York Yankees host the Houston Astros in game five of the ALCS in a Wednesday night MLB matchup.

The Houston Astros appeared to be on the verge of taking a 3-1 series edge on Tuesday with a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 7th before the pen imploded in a 6-4 defeat. Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. was cruising with a run allowed on two hits and two walks over six frames but his effort went for naught when Chris Devenski, Joe Musgrave and Ken Giles combined to allow five runs.  

The Astros offense logged four hits and walked three times with Yuli Gurriel smacking a bases loaded double that scored George Springer, Josh Reddick and Jose Altuve. The Houston Astros have named left hander Dallas Keuchel as Wednesday’s game five starter at the New York Yankees. Keuchel won game one of the ALCS 2-1 with seven scoreless innings where he allowed four hits and struck out ten.

The New York Yankees had their backs against the wall, staring at a 4-0 deficit with a lifeless offense in the 7th  but New York overcame poor defense and poor work out of the pen because a slumbering offense awoke. Yanks starter Sonny Gray kept his team alive with a pair of runs allowed (one earned) on a hit and two bases on balls through five innings pitched while David Robertson  gave up a run and Chad Green was charged with another unearned run.

New York did their damage on eight hits and five walks with Aaron Judge going 2-3 with a homer, two RBI’s and two runs while Gary Sanchez doubled in three followed by Didi Gregorius who went 2-4 with two runs. The New York Yankees have slated Masahiro Tanaka for Wednesday’s start versus the Houston Astros.  Tanaka  dropped a 2-1  decision to  Houston in the  ALCS opener where he gave up both runs on four hits and a free pass over six innings of work.

Houston are 20-7 in their last 27 overall and Houston are 20-7 in their last 27 games on grass and Houston are 8-4 in their last 12 road games. New York are 21-7 in their last 28 home games and New York are 21-8 in their last 29 games on grass and New York are 22-10 in their last 32 overall.  Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in New York and over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. 

The world will be on the Astros and for good reason but with Severino a question mark for game six, this is a must win. I think New York at plus odds is a good place to be on their home turf…

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:01:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97718
<![CDATA[Houston Astros at New York Yankees - 10/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/18/houston-astros-at-new-york-yankees-10/18/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Astros and New York Yankees meet Wednesday in game five of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. 

The Houston Astros would love to have a 3-2 series lead before heading back to Texas for game six on Friday. The Astros pitching staff has allowed 14 runs in their last two games and 28 runs in their four postseason games on the road. While the Astros have hitting for days, they need more consistent arms away from home if they’re going to win the world series. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 13 hits and four RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa have…

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The Houston Astros and New York Yankees meet Wednesday in game five of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. 

The Houston Astros would love to have a 3-2 series lead before heading back to Texas for game six on Friday. The Astros pitching staff has allowed 14 runs in their last two games and 28 runs in their four postseason games on the road. While the Astros have hitting for days, they need more consistent arms away from home if they’re going to win the world series. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 13 hits and four RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa have combined for 20 hits and 13 RBI. The Houston Astros have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he was 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his postseason career. 

The New York Yankees put themselves in a great position if they can win this game and take a 3-2 series lead. The Yankees have cored five or more runs in four of their last six games and continue to flex their muscle at home. I’ve mentioned before that the Yanks are dangerous at home, as the lineup is built for that little park and then that dominant bullpen can come in and finish things. Overall, Brett Gardner leads the Yankees with 10 hits and four RBI while Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks have combined for 18 hits and six RBI. The New York Yankees have won four straight games when scoring more than one run. Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball, and he was 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA and 194 strikeouts this season. Tanaka is 1-2 with a 2.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Astros are 33-13 in their last 46 Wednesday games, 11-2 in Keuchels last 13 road starts and 20-7 in Keuchels last 27 starts. The Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games, 39-16 in Tanakas last 55 home starts and 7-3 in Tanakas last 10 starts. The Astros are 4-0 in Keuchels last 4 road starts vs. Yankees, 6-1 in Keuchels last 7 starts vs. Yankees and the Yankees are 0-5 in Tanakas last 5 starts vs. Astros.

I've backed the New York Yankees in every home playoff game this postseason and will continue to do so here. The Yanks are a different team at home, as that offense seems to see the ball better and just needs a bit of an opening before the runs start to pour on. We saw it last night in game four, as the Yankees were dead in the water before a couple hits took place, and then magic. Yes, Keuchel is the better pitcher and does make the Astros the favorite, especially after shutting out New York for seven innings on the 13th. However, the Yankees have shown they can hit anybody at their place, and it's pretty much curtains in the later innings due to a lights out bullpen. If it's not broken, don't fix it. I'll continue backing the Yankees at home. 

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:01:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97712
<![CDATA[Houston Astros at New York Yankees - 10/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/18/houston-astros-at-new-york-yankees-10/17/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Yankees take the field with the Houston Astros in game four of the ALCS in Tuesday MLB action.

The Houston Astros have been accustomed to blasting the opposition with their big offense but the tables were turned in an 8-1 loss to the New York Yankees in game three of the ALCS that narrowed their series lead to 2-1. Houston starter Charlie Morton was hit hard with seven runs given up on six hits and a pair of free passes over 3.2 frames. 

The dangerous Stros offense was limited to four hits and eight base on balls with Alex Bregman helping the team avoid getting shutout…

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The New York Yankees take the field with the Houston Astros in game four of the ALCS in Tuesday MLB action.

The Houston Astros have been accustomed to blasting the opposition with their big offense but the tables were turned in an 8-1 loss to the New York Yankees in game three of the ALCS that narrowed their series lead to 2-1. Houston starter Charlie Morton was hit hard with seven runs given up on six hits and a pair of free passes over 3.2 frames. 

The dangerous Stros offense was limited to four hits and eight base on balls with Alex Bregman helping the team avoid getting shutout with an RBI single that plated Marwin Gonzalez in the 9th. Houston saw seven starters reach base on walks but the offense didn’t take advantage. The Astros have named Lance McCullers Jr. as Tuesday's starter after going 7-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 2017.

The New York Yankees knew they could not absorb another loss in the ALCS to the dangerous Houston Astros. The Yankees responded with one of their most complete games of the postseason in Monday night’s 8-1 victory. Both the arms and bats were outstanding with Yanks starter CC Sabathia coming up big in the clutch with three hits and four walks allowed through six scoreless innings.  

The New York attack provided plenty of support on seven hits and three walks with Aaron Judge and Todd Frazier clubbing three run homers with Frazier scoring twice followed by Chase Headley with a run and RBI.  The New York Yankees give the ball to Sonny Gray for the start in game four of the ALCS versus the Houston Astros. Gray dropped a 4-0 decision to the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS with three runs given up on three hits and four BB over 3.1 frames. 

Houston are 8-3 in their last 11 road games and Houston  are 20-7 in their last 27 games on grass and over is 12-5 in Houston last 17 road games. New York are 20-7 in their last 27 home games and under is 8-4 in New York last 12 playoff home games and New York are 20-8 in their last 28 games on grass. Houston are 7-4 in the last 11 meetings in New York.

McCullers has been hit very hard at times and Gray is not accustomed to the big stage ao I'm tempted by the over but both will be on a short leash so I'll go with the better numbers...

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:56:03 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97619
<![CDATA[Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 10/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/17/chicago-cubs-vs-los-angeles-dodgers-10/17/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Dodgers pay a visit to the Chicago Cubs in game three of the NLCS from Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to push the Cubs to the brink of elimination after going up 2-0 in the NLCS thanks to a 4-1 walk-off win in game two on Sunday. Justin Turner accounted for all four Dodger runs in the win, going 2 for 4 including the walk-off three run home run in the bottom of the 9th. Cody Bellinger went 2 for 3 with a double while Charlie Culberson added a double of his own as L.A. mustered up just five hits as a team in the win. Rich Hill gave up…

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The Los Angeles Dodgers pay a visit to the Chicago Cubs in game three of the NLCS from Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to push the Cubs to the brink of elimination after going up 2-0 in the NLCS thanks to a 4-1 walk-off win in game two on Sunday. Justin Turner accounted for all four Dodger runs in the win, going 2 for 4 including the walk-off three run home run in the bottom of the 9th. Cody Bellinger went 2 for 3 with a double while Charlie Culberson added a double of his own as L.A. mustered up just five hits as a team in the win. Rich Hill gave up the lone Cubs’ run on three hits while striking out eight over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Kenley Jansen got the win, highlighting four perfect innings from the Los Angeles bullpen. Yu Darvish will start game three after getting the win in game three against Arizona in the NLDS, tossing five innings giving up just one run on two hits while striking out seven. In his career, Darvish is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 9 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to start the climb back after falling into an 0-2 hole after their loss on Sunday. Addison Russell’s solo homer was the lone run that Chicago would score, while Jon Jay and starting pitcher Jon Lester each chipped in a base hit in the losing effort for the Cubbies. Speaking of Lester, he gave up one run on three hits while walking five and striking out a pair over 4.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brian Duensing was responsible for the lead-runner in the bottom of the 9th, taking the loss after John Lackey gave up the walk-off home run to Justin Turner. Kyle Hendricks will start game three after receiving a no-decision in the 9-8 game five victory over the Nationals in the NLDS. In that one, Hendricks gave up four runs on nine hits while striking out seven over four innings of work. In his career, Hendricks is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 12 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 5-0 in their last 5 playoff games and 58-15 in their last 73 games following a win while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall. Chicago is 16-5 in their last 21 home games against a right-handed starter and 4-1 in Hendricks' last 5 starts while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a loss. Los Angeles is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The problem for the Cubs is that they’ve scored only three runs or less in six of their seven playoff games so far, while the Dodgers have scored four runs or more in four of their five games which all five have been victories. I thought Sunday was Chicago’s best chance to steal a game, and things could very well change heading into Wrigley, however until I see otherwise, I see no reason to go against the Dodgers here, especially at plus money.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:16:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97457
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs NLCS Game 3 - 10/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/17/los-angeles-dodgers-at-chicago-cubs-10/17/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments MLB comes to Wrigley Field Tuesday for game three of the NLCS between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

In taking a 2-0 lead in the NLCS, the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing why they have been tough to handle in 2017 with outstanding work on the mound and a dangerous offense that can strike at anytime. Los Angeles defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Sunday night as Justin Turner clubbed a two out, three run homer in the 9th to break a 1-1 tie. Turner went 2-4 on the night and knocked in all four runs for the Dodgers who totaled five hits and walked nine times.

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MLB comes to Wrigley Field Tuesday for game three of the NLCS between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

In taking a 2-0 lead in the NLCS, the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing why they have been tough to handle in 2017 with outstanding work on the mound and a dangerous offense that can strike at anytime. Los Angeles defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Sunday night as Justin Turner clubbed a two out, three run homer in the 9th to break a 1-1 tie. Turner went 2-4 on the night and knocked in all four runs for the Dodgers who totaled five hits and walked nine times.

The Los Angeles pitching was impressive with starter Rich Hill serving up a solo homer over five frames before four relievers held the Cubs scoreless.  The Los Angeles Dodgers send Yu Darvish to the bump to oppose the Chicago Cubs in game three of the NLCS on Tuesday. Darvish defeated  the  Arizona  Diamondbacks 3-1 in the NLDS with a run allowed on a solo jack through five innings of work.

The Chicago Cubs return home to Wrigley Field hoping that home cooking will result in a change of fortunes in the NLCS. Chicago has gotten outstanding pitching in losing both games of the series at the LA Dodgers but the offense hasn’t been able to get going yet. Cubs starter Jon Lester allowed a run on three hits and five bases on balls through 4.2 innings pitched while John Lackey relieved Brian Duensing in the 9th with a runner on before issuing a walk and surrendering a three run walk off jack to Justin Turner. 

The Cubbies mustered three hits with a solo homer off the bat of Addison Russell accounting for their scoring. The Chicago Cubs give Tuesday’s game three start versus the Los Angeles Dodgers to right hander Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks faced the Washington Nationals in game five of the NLDS (ND) and allowed four runs on  nine  hits over  four innings  pitched.

Chicago are 17-7 in their last 24 games on grass and Chicago are 18-8 in their last 26 overall. Los Angeles are 73-33 in their last 106 overall and Los Angeles are 73-33 in their last 106 games on grass. Under is 21-6-1 in the last 28 meetings.

Los Angeles is so difficult to beat with their combination of hitting and pitching and right now I’ll back them once again as the road isn’t a worry…

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:15:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97445
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs NLCS - 10/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/17/los-angeles-dodgers-at-chicago-cubs-nlcs-10/17/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs meet Tuesday for game three of the NLCS at Wrigley Field.

The Los Angeles Dodgers can all but end this series with a road victory here to take a 3-0 lead. The Dodgers continue to get the job done with the pitching and the bats, as they’ve held the Cubs to just three runs in two games and have produced four or more runs in four of their five postseason games overall. As I mentioned before, the Los Angeles Dodgers are possibly the toughest team in all of baseball to beat when they have both sides of the plate working for them.…

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs meet Tuesday for game three of the NLCS at Wrigley Field.

The Los Angeles Dodgers can all but end this series with a road victory here to take a 3-0 lead. The Dodgers continue to get the job done with the pitching and the bats, as they’ve held the Cubs to just three runs in two games and have produced four or more runs in four of their five postseason games overall. As I mentioned before, the Los Angeles Dodgers are possibly the toughest team in all of baseball to beat when they have both sides of the plate working for them. Offensively, Justin Turner leads the Dodgers with nine hits and 10 RBI while Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger have combined for 13 hits and eight RBI. Yu Darvish gets the ball, and he was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Chicago Cubs need a victory here in order to have a realistic shot at making another world series. The Cubs have now scored three or less runs in six of their seven postseason games, and even though the pitching has held up for the most part, it’s tough to win games this time of year with such low scoring. The Chicago Cubs have now lost seven of their last 10 games overall when scoring three or less runs. To make matters worse, the Cubs have four players with at least eight strikeouts, so guys are struggling just to make contact in key situations. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with five hits and two RBI while Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo have combined for nine hits and 11 RBI. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he was 7-5 with a 3.03 ERA and 123 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Dodgers are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 20-6 in their last 26 games following an off day and 6-13 in their last 19 playoff road games. The Cubs are 19-7 in their last 26 home games, 36-15 in their last 51 games following an off day and 4-1 in Hendricks' last 5 starts. The Dodgers are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago, 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 21-6-1 in the last 28 meetings.

The Cubs lack of offense is now becoming a trend that's too tough to ignore, as Bryant and others just are in full struggle mode, which also puts tons of pressure on the pitching to be perfect. Hendricks was rocked in his last postseason start, but he allowed just one run in his previous 18 innings and has been a ground ball machine. Darvish has allowed a combined three runs in his last four starts and has a 2.44 ERA along with an allowed batting average of .207 on the road. I really want to take a stab here with the Cubs and the plus money, but I can't based on the lack of offense and the fact Darvish has been nothing but money on the road this season. Don't love this price, but the Cubs leave me no choice. I have to pick the Dodgers.

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