Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers
|Date & Time||Thursday June 13, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
Los Angeles, California
The Line: Chicago Cubs +167 / Los Angeles Dodgers -192 -- Over/Under: 8
The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Thursday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium.
The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 79 hits and 46 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant have combined for 129 hits and 83 RBI. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Lester is 4-4 with a 3.22 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers could use a win after losing four of their last six games. The Dodgers have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost four of their last five games when scoring three or less runs. Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 83 hits and 54 RBI while Justin Turner and Corey Seager have combined for 133 hits and 65 RBI. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he is 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA and 80 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 50-20 in their last 71 Thursday games, 12-4 in Lester's last 16 road starts and 36-17 in Lester's last 53 starts. The Dodgers are 40-13 in their last 53 home games, 42-19 in their last 61 during game 1 of a series and 82-26 in Kershaw's last 108 starts. The Cubs are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles, while the Dodgers are 5-2 in Kershaw's last 7 starts vs. Cubs and 6-2 in Kershaw's last 8 home starts vs. Cubs. The under is 7-3-1 in Kershaw's last 11 home starts. The over is 12-3-1 in Lester's last 16 road starts.
Lester has given up four or more earned runs in four of his last five starts and has an ERA of 4.97 with a .257 allowed batting average on the road. The Dodgers are also hitting .252 with four homers in 159 at bats against Lester. Kershaw is coming off his first loss of the season, but he's allowed just 17 earned runs in his last 46 innings. The Dodgers have lost back-to-back regular season games with Kershaw on the mound just once since last July. Kershaw has a 2.88 ERA in 40.2 innings at home this season and has 47 strikeouts in 134 at bats against current Cubs hitters. The Dodgers offense is also due for a breakout performance after a funk they've been in this week. I'll side with the Dodgers at home and their ace.