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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs
MLB: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, 8:05 PM ET
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs will open a three-game series at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, this Tuesday night. They will meet each other for the first time this season. Kenta Maeda will get the ball for the Dodgers, while Jose Quintana will get the starting call for the Cubs. The tip-off is set at 8:05 PM ET.
The Dodgers are topping the NL West, looking to continue with the strong performance
The Los Angeles Dodgers (15-9) are coming off a 3-1 series win over Milwaukee on the road, defeating the Brewers 6-5 in the closing game on Sunday. The Dodgers have won seven of their previous eight games overall including home sweeping of the Cincinnati Reds in a three-game series. They are leading the NL West 2.5 games ahead of San Diego. The Dodgers are scoring 5.67 runs per game (3rd in the league) on 8.79 hits while recording a .264 batting average (tied-5th) and a .357 on-base percentage (2nd). They are allowing 4.46 runs in a return (12th in the league) with a 4.10 ERA (also 12th).
Kenta Maeda will take the hill for the Dodgers tonight, and he’s 3-1 in four starts this season with a 3.80 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, 20 strikeouts, and ten walks, allowing 20 hits and ten earned runs. The Dodgers are 9-8 in Maeda’s previous 17 starts, while the right-hander is 40-28 in his career with a 3.80 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, 492 strikeouts, and 137 walks in 459 innings of work. Cody Bellinger is leading the way for the Dodgers’ bats this season, recording 36 hits, 11 home runs, 28 RBIs, a .424 batting average, and a .500 on-base percentage.
The Cubs are slowly building up their form
Chicago Cubs (10-10) had a poor start of the season, but they’ve been improving lately, winning seven of their previous nine outings. The Cubs are coming off a 2-1 series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning the closing game of the series 2-1. Before the clash with the D-backs, the Cubs swept the Miami Marlins in a three-game series in Florida. The Cubs are scoring 5.50 runs per game (6th in the league) on 8.85 hits while recording a .260 batting average (tied-9th) and a .354 on-base percentage. On the other side, the Cubs are allowing 4.65 runs per contest (15th in the league) with a 4.21 ERA (13th).
Jose Quintana will take the mound for the Cubs tonight, and he’s 2-1 in three starts this season with a 3.43 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, 29 strikeouts, and seven walks, allowing 23 hits and eight earned runs. The Cubs are 6-8 in Quintana’s previous 14 starts, while the left-hander is 72-69 in his career with a 3.59 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, 1175 strikeouts, and 380 walks in 1335 innings of work. Javier Baez is leading the way for the Cubs’ bats this term, recording 26 hits, six home runs, 17 RBIs, a .302 batting average, and a .333 on-base percentage.
- 5-10 in the last 15 outings as underdogs
- 5-10 in the last 15 meetings with the Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers:
- 7-1 in the last eight games overall
- 7-1 in the last eight outings as favorites
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams are playing in a good form at the moment, so I expect to see a really close game. Also, both Kenta Maeda and Jose Quintana are pitching well at the start of the season. Maeda is 1-0 against the Cubs, while Quintana is 0-1 against the Dodgers so far. Still, the Dodgers’ bats look slightly better and are 3-2 against the left-handed starting pitcher this season, so I’m backing the visitors to win the opening game of the series.
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers (-115)
Full-Game Total Pick
The under has hit in eight of the last 12 head-to-head duels between the Dodgers and Cubs, while the under is 10-1 in the previous 11 H2H meetings in Chicago. Also, the under is 8-1 in the Dodgers’ last nine outings, and it is 5-0 in the Cubs’ previous five games overall. Considering the stats and pitchers; current form, I’m taking the under.
Prediction: Under 8.0 (-105)
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Cubs are averaging 7.0 hits per game over their last five outings, while the Dodgers are tallying just 5.6 hits per contest over their previous five outings. Kenta Maeda and Jose Quintana are both pitching in a good form at the start of the season, so I’m taking the under on the total hits.
Prediction: Total Hits: Under 15.5 (-120)
First Five Innings Side Pick
Four of the Cubs’ last five games had fewer than five runs over the first five innings, and the Cubs allowed just eight runs in the total during that span. Also, four of the Dodgers’ previous five contests had four or fewer runs in the first five innings. Considering the stats and teams’ current form, I don’t expect to see a high-scoring affair, so I’m backing the under.
Prediction: Under 4.5 (-125)