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Dodgers' Pitching Staff Makes Them Faves Over Cubs Today

Alex Wood continued his shutout streak last night in a fine performance against the defending major league champs and with the 4-0 win, the Dodgers took a seventh W in their last nine games and opened as slight faves for Saturday’s matchup vs the Cubs.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 straight matchups between these NL rivals.
  • 4 of the last 5 contests in this matchup have resulted in the loser being shutout.
  • John Lackey has allowed just 5 extra-base hits to current Dodgers' batters.

If they close as the favorite, it will mark just the fifth time the Dodgers have been favored against the Cubs since June of 2015 and if history repeats itself, LA is a good bet tonight. They’re 4-0 straight up in their last four games as favorites over the Cubs and the starter the Dodgers bats will be facing tonight (John Lackey) is on his last legs with a 4.82 ERA through nine starts this season.

Although Lackey has been struggling, he’s been getting plenty of run support (6.33 per start over his last six outings) and as such he has an okay win/loss record. That said, six of the last 10 contests in this matchup have resulted in one team being shutout and the Dodgers have the best team ERA in baseball.

Brandon McCarthy, the Dodgers’ fifth starter, is in the midst of his best season in years with a 3.76 ERA and will get the call against the Cubs today. He was terrific in his last outing against the world champs, holding them to four hits and zero runs in a 2-0 LA win back in April.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Chicago Cubs were -101 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 8 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.0-2.8 win for the Cubs on Saturday. 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 29-20 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago Cubs sit at 25-22 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Chicago injuries news.

This game puts the Los Angeles Dodgers, most recently No. 1 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Chicago Cubs, who rate a No. 17 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Los Angeles owns the No. 12 ranking for hits at 8.63 per game. By contrast, the Chicago Cubs are rated No. 15 in the same category at 8.38 per game.

Defensively, Chicago features the No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.32 runs per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 at home, scoring 5.41 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by A Wood in a losing cause, 4-0, against Los Angeles on Friday.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • LA Dodgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • LA Dodgers is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • LA Dodgers is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Los Angeles, Sunday, May 28th

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