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Pitching Excellence Has Led To UNDERs in NLCS

It should not be much of a surprise that pitchers have dominated the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, as the two squads finished in the top 10 in the MLB in ERA and BAA during the regular season. This pitching superiority has led to the total going UNDER in three of the four games in this series, with Game 1 coming up a PUSH.

  • The total has gone UNDER in the Cubs’ last 5 games at home.
  • The Dodgers are 21-2 SU in their last 23 games with Clayton Kershaw as the starting pitcher.
  • The Cubs are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games at home with Jose Quintana as the starting pitcher.

Clayton Kershaw gets to face the Cubs in the postseason, yet again, when he takes the bump in this one. This will be Kershaw’s fourth start against the Cubs in his past five postseason appearances. Between the 2016 and 2017 NLCS, Kershaw has allowed 13 hits and six runs in 17.0 innings vs the Northsiders.

The Cubs will counter with Jose Quintana, who has been lights out during the playoffs. The lefty has a 1.59 ERA in his three appearances this postseason, which includes a solid two-run outing against the Dodgers in Game 1. Quintana has had some issues at Wrigley Field this season with a 4.76 ERA in eight home starts since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 96-75 heading into this matchup, while the Los Angeles Dodgers sit at 110-59 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers odds would favor the Cubs if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 1 in the current OddsShark poll, while Los Angeles is at No. 7.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Chicago owns the No. 21 ranking for hits at 8.49 per game. By contrast, the Dodgers are rated No. 23 in the same category at 8.31 per game.

Chicago owns the No. 7 defense, allowing 4.95 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Los Angeles's No. 2-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Dodgers were saddled with a loss last time out in Alex Wood's start, as they lost 3-2 against Chicago on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • LA Dodgers is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • LA Dodgers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games at home
  • Chi Cubs is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing LA Dodgers

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Chicago, Saturday, October 21