Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Thursday April 25, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Los Angeles Dodgers -115 / Chicago Cubs +105 -- O/U:
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Wednesday by a final score of 7-6. Alex Verdugo led the Dodgers with a home run and three RBIs while Cody Bellinger had a homer and two RBIs and Chris Taylor chipped in an RBI of his own as well in the victory. Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock each had a base hit as well as the Dodgers mustered up just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Walker Buehler allowed three runs on four hits over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Scott Alexander took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year. Ross Stripling will start game three and is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. In his career, Stripling is 0-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 18 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to stay hot and complete the sweep after taking game two on Wednesday. Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each logged a three run home run, while Anthony Rizzo had a double and an RBI to round out Chicago’s scoring in the win. Kris Bryant went 2 for 3 with a double while David Bote added a pinch-hit two-bagger and Daniel Descalso had a base hit as Chicago mustered just seven hits as a team in the win. Cole Hamels allowed three runs on three hits while walking six and striking out seven over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brad Brach got the win to improve to 2-0 while Pedro Strop picked up his 3rd save of the season Jon Lester will start game three and is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lester is 4-3 with a 3.35 ERA and 49 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 8-2 in their last 10 Thursday games and 38-15 in their last 53 game three matchups while the under is 9-1-1 in Stripling’s last 11 starts against the NL Central. Chicago is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 home games while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 home games. Los Angeles is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I get the Dodgers being favored as Lester is coming off of the IL with a hamstring strain, so who knows what we could see from Lester and the Dodgers aren’t the kind of team that is ideal to face in your first start back. However, we are getting plus money with the Cubs who have been the better team for the better part of the two games so far in this series. I think the Cubs can ride their offense to another win here, so given the value here, I’ll take a shot with Chicago and the plus money.