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Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 4/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Tuesday April 23, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago Cubs +105 / Los Angeles Dodgers -125
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs meet in game one of a three game set from Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to stay hot after winning 7 of their last 8 games following a series victory over Milwaukee with a 6-5 triumph in the finale on Sunday. Cody Bellinger led the Dodgers by going 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs while Joc Pederson had a pair of solo homers while going 4 for 5 at the dish and Corey Seager added a pair of doubles, going 3 for 5 with an RBI to cap off the Dodgers’ offense in the winning effort. Clayton Kershaw went six innings, giving up two runs on two hits while walking four and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Kenley Jansen picked up the blown save but still got the win to improve to 2-0 this season. Kenta Maeda will start game one and is 3-1 with a 3.80 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Maeda is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA and 11 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to keep their own momentum going after winning 7 of their last 9 games following a 2-1 win over Arizona on Sunday in the finale. Javier Baez went 2 for 3 with a triple, a double and an RBI while David Bote also had two hits and an RBI as well in the victory. Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 3 with a double to cap off Chicago’s offense in the winning effort. Tyler Chatwood threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits, not factoring in the decision. Pedro Strop received his first blown save but picked up the win to improve to 1-1 this season. Jose Quintana will start game one and is 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Quintana is 0-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 15 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall and 3-7 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 Tuesday games. Chicago is 19-7 in Quintana’s last 26 home starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. The under is 27-10-1 in the last 38 meetings between these two teams and 20-7 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.

I genuinely think you could make a case for either side, and while getting the Dodgers with a low line is extremely tempting, I think the value is with the Cubs here at home. Maeda has been inconsistent to start the year, which includes allowing five runs in 5.1 innings against St. Louis in his last road start. Quintana is sitting on back-to-back seven inning shutouts and outside of a blowup start against Milwaukee, Quintana’s other three appearances have seen 18 shutout innings this season. I’ll take a shot with Chicago and the plus money on Tuesday.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs +105

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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