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Wood's Shutout Streak Makes Dodgers Faves Over Cubs

A high-profile matchup between the Cubs and Dodgers will get underway today when Jake Arrieta (5-3, 4.80 ERA) and Alex Wood (5-0, 1.88 ERA) square off in L.A. The stat lines for tonight’s starters might look inverted but I assure you they’re correct. The 26-year-old Wood has gotten his season off to a brilliant start and it looks like he’s finally realizing the potential he showed with the Braves.

SHARK BITES
  • Alex Wood has not given up a run in 3 consecutive starts (20.1-inning shutout streak).
  • All of Jake Arrieta’s 3 losses this season have come away from Wrigley Field.
  • The Dodgers are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.

These teams have played just one series since their NLCS matchup last October and the Cubs edged out the Dodgers two games to one in a three-game set in which all the contests went UNDER. Arrieta has typically dominated L.A. and he’s given up just 10 hits to hitters on the Dodgers’ current roster in 60 at-bats against them.

Scoring three or more runs in nine consecutive contests, it’s more than likely that the Cubs end Wood’s shutout streak Friday. The defending champs have an 8-1 straight-up record against National League left-handed starters and could do some damage to the sparkling ERA that Wood is rocking so far.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The moneyline was hovering in the range of -125 for the Los Angeles Dodgers in this one over at Bovada. The over under number was sitting near 7.5 at 5Dimes.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.4-3.5 victory for the Cubs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Dodgers sport a record of 28-20 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago Cubs sit at 25-21 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Chicago injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Los Angeles Dodgers rated this week at No. 1 and the Chicago Cubs sitting at No. 17.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles Dodgers No. 9-rated offense, averaging 4.96 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs defense that ranks No. 16 at 4.54 in runs allowed per game. The Los Angeles Dodgers have averaged 8.71 hits per game so far, more than Chicago Cubs batters have averaged on the year (8.52 hits per game).

Defensively, Chicago features the No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.33 runs per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 at home, scoring 5.46 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 5-1 victory over San Francisco on Thursday at Wrigley Field behind starter E Butler.

The Dodgers grabbed a win last time out, defeating M Wacha and the Cardinals 7-3 on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • LA Dodgers is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
  • LA Dodgers is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Chi Cubs
  • LA Dodgers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Los Angeles, Saturday, May 27th

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