The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to take a 2-0 series lead on Sunday, as they host the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS on TBS. Neither starter made it out of the 5th inning in Game 1 so it became a battle of the bullpens and the Dodgers had a huge edge, as the Chicago bullpen was taxed after a grueling series against Washington. The Dodgers scored one run in the sixth and two in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and surge ahead 5-2 and that ended up being the final score. Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a home run to lead the Los Angeles attack. The Cubs will turn to Jon Lester on Sunday to try and even the series, while the Dodgers counter with Rich Hill. Let’s look at the game and MLB picks.
The Chicago Cubs visit the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, October 15 in Game 2 of the NLCS, with a start time of 7:30 pm Eastern on TBS.
Los Angeles -135, total 7.5 under
Cubs vs. Dodgers
The Cubs were a fair road team during the regular season, going 44-37 and they won two of three against the Nationals in the division series. The Cubs went over 32 times, over 45 times, with four pushes in the regular season. Two of their three road games against the Nationals went over the total. Chicago is scoring just over five runs per game and giving up just about four per contest.
The Dodgers were outstanding at home during the regular season, going 57-24 and they won both games at home against Arizona in the division series. They went over 40 times at home, under 38 times, with three pushes. Both of the games against Arizona in L.A. went over. The Dodgers are 4.7 runs per game and giving up 3.4 per contest.
Probable Pitching Matchup – Lester vs. Hill
Lester was excellent against the Nationals, allowing just two runs in 9.2 innings. He has had limited success against the Dodgers in his career, with a 3.89 ERA and a 2-3 record. Lester was 13-8 with a 4.33 ERA this season.
Hill was 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA this season. He gave up two runs and three hits in four innings against the Diamondbacks in Game 2 of the NLDS. He has faced the Cubs twice in his career including last year in the NLCS in which he went six innings and allowed no runs.
The Cubs are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles. The Cubs are 7-16 in their last 23 vs. the National League West. The Cubs are 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Dodgers are 50-18 in their last 68 home games. The Dodgers are 4-0 in Hill’s last 4 starts.
The Under is 39-19-5 in the Cubs last 63 vs. the National League West. The Under is 5-0-1 in the Dodgers last 6 vs. the National League Central. The Over is 4-1 in Hill’s last 5 home starts. The Under is 21-10-4 in the last 35 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Cubs continue to struggle against left-handed starters, as they are now 1-6 in their last seven. Why will that be any different against Hill? Lester is also not on full rest, as he had to pitch in relief against the Nationals. I will take the Dodgers to win Game 2.