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Chicago Cubs vs. L.A. Dodgers MLB Preview & Free Pick

Chicago vs L.A. MLB Betting Preview

The Dodgers have been struggling lately and going losing 3 straight and 6 of their last 10 games. They are 1/2 game out of first place behind the Giants, but since San Fran is also struggling the NL West is now a 3-team race with the red-hot Diamondbacks only 2 games out.

Venue/ Stadium: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Time/Date: 10:10 PM EST Friday, August 3, 2012
MLB Odds From: Bovada
Moneyline: Cubs +135 / Dodgers -155
Over/Under:  7 runs

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Jeff Samardzija (7-8, 4.19 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Chad Billingsley (6-9, 3.89)

Matchup | Preview

Chicago Cubs vs. L.A. Dodgers Preview

The Cubs are out of the playoff race 17 games under .500 and they have lost 2 straight. MLB odds have the Dodgers as the home favorite with a total of 7 runs.

In their last games the Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 and the Cubs lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4.

This season the Cubs have an O/U record of 44-55 with a run-line W/L record of 58-45 and the Dodgers have an O/U record of 50-51 with a run-line W/L record of 55-51.

On the season the Dodgers are 29-23 at home and the Cubs are a NL worst 16-36 on the road.

The Cubs have won 4 of their last 5 games facing the Dodgers.

Jeff Samardzija (7-8, 4.19 ERA) takes the hill for the Cubs tonight and in his last outing he gave up 2 earned runs in 6 innings in a no decision facing the Cardinals. Chad Billingsley (6-9, 3.89 ERA) gets the nod for the Dodgers and he had a great last start not giving up any earned runs in 7 innings in a win over the Giants. 


Samardzija went 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 5 starts in July.

Billingsley has been stellar in his last 2 starts winning both with an ERA of 0.68.

The Dodgers are 6 games over .500 at home this season, but since the All Star break they are only 2-7 at Dodger Stadium and their offense has struggled in La La Land averaging 2.6 runs per game in that span.

There is a good chance Billingsley will have another good start facing a weak Cubs’ offense that ranks 29th in the Majors in runs scored.

In some betting trends for this NL match up the Cubs are 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter, 4-1 in Samardzija’s last 5 starts, and they have an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 road games.

The Dodgers are 1-7 in their last 8 home games, 2-5 in Billingsley’s last 7 starts, and they have an Over record of 10-4 in their last 14 games.

Jason’s Pick: The Dodgers have not been playing well at home lately, but that will change tonight, as Billingsley will have another good outing and the Dodgers will get back in the W column.

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Jason Green is back with Cappers Picks again to give out his free sports plays. As always he's hoping the Braves and Redskins can win a championship since their last one in the 90’s was long ago. He’s starting to know the pain of Cubs fans.