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Hendricks and Cubs are Big Favorites in Game 3

All knotted up at one game apiece, the World Series shifts to Chicago with the Cubs opening the day as big -200 favorites. The Indians come in at +185 and if the line doesn’t budge much, it would be the biggest underdog they’ve been all playoffs. Kyle Hendricks will be tasked with giving the Cubs their first lead of the series, while Josh Tomlin gets the ball for the Cubs.

Shark Bites
  • The Indians are 6-2 in their last eight games after a loss.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Indians' last eight games with a closing total of 8.0 or less.
  • Javier Baez leads both teams with seven postseason RBIs.

Hendricks has three postseason starts under his belt so far and has posted a 1.65 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 16.1 innings of work. He’s been absolute dynamite when pitching at Wrigley Field this season, going 9-2 with a minuscule 1.32 ERA. In 95.1 innings pitched at home, he allowed just four home runs.

Tomlin started a game in both the ALDS and ALCS and he pitched well enough for the Indians to win each game. He brings a 2.53 postseason ERA into the game and the Indians have won three consecutive road games with him as the starter going back to the regular season.

The total for the game is set at eight runs, which is a number the Indians haven’t topped since their first playoff game vs the Red Sox. The Cubs have gone OVER eight runs five times in their 12 playoff games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Chicago was a -194 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at 5Dimes pick an opening over under number of 7.5.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Cubs to win this game 4.4-2.0. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Cleveland Indians vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 111-62 heading into this matchup, while the Cleveland Indians sit at 102-69 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians odds would favor the Cubs if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Cleveland is at No. 13.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Chicago Cubs and its No. 3-rated batting order, averaging 4.95 runs per nine innings, against the No. 5 line up of the Cleveland Indians at 4.74 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Chicago has the No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Cleveland is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Chicago, Saturday, October 29th

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