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2016 NLCS – Series Tied 0-0
(0-0) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs (0-0)
Date: Saturday October 15
Time: 8:00PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Kenta Maeda vs. Jon Lester
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -205, Dodgers +175
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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The Cubs are continuing their curse busting quest to a championship. Next up are the Dodgers, who seemed to give all they could in getting past the Nationals in the previous round.
Hopefully they have something in the tank overall but this one could be a gross one based on what it took to get here.
Chicago will have the edge all series long but never more than in the opener.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers had a strong second half and followed that up with a spirited series win over the Nationals.
It was a fun series to watch and manager Dave Roberts seems to have proved that he is not out of his element in these playoffs.
The question will be how much more he can coax out of his lineup, as he can’t keep expecting part timers like Andre Ethier to come through.
Kenta Maeda gets the call for G1 with Clayton Kershaw unavailable. Maeda had a nice rookie season but was hit hard in one start against Washington. He did not face the Cubs this season.
It will be interesting to see how Roberts manages his pen because Maeda will certainly need support.
He never went more than 7IP in a start all year and did that just once.
The Cubs passed their first hurdle. I know they had a dramatic comeback to win the closeout game but from the top level they won the series and lost the MadBum game.
Kind of what most pundits expected so no reason to dig too deep for holes.
The extra time lets them set up their rotation so they can go with Jon Lester to kick it off. He had a great season and was very strong in his lone playoff start. He has lots of experience in the playoffs.
It is a small sample size but if the Cubs have a concern in the playoffs thus far it is that only Kris Bryant seems comfortable at the plate. He and Javier Baez are the only regulars batting over .200.
Bryant might be enough to carry the offense but that is a lot of pressure. Even the playoff tested bat of Ben Zobrist has gone cold.
The lack of scoring may keep games pretty tight throughout the series. In that case having Aroldis Chapman becomes even more important.
He did give up a run against the Giants but his ERA since coming to Chicago is 1.01.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2-2 in LAD last 10 road games.
- LAD are 4-11 in their last 15 playoff road games.
- LAD are 3-7 in their last 10 road games.
- Over is 6-1-1 in CHC last 8 games following a win.
- Over is 10-3-1 in CHC last 14 playoff home games.
- CHC are 55-22 in their last 77 home games.
Free Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
Throughout the series there is likely to be not too much value with the Cubs unless Clayton Kershaw is on the mound for the Dodgers. That is not the case in this one. The best bet is to take the Cubbies on the run line, if you want a decent payoff.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Chicago Run Line
I am expecting a pretty road weary LA team for this one. Unless Lester is completely off his game the Cubbies should be able to take the lead in the series quickly.
If their bats finally come around you can cruise to a victory in this one without having to break a sweat.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 5 – Los Angeles 2
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