The Los Angeles Dodgers scored a huge 1-0 win on Sunday night to earn a split on the road at Chicago’s Wrigley Field as the National League Championship Series heads back to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Tuesday with a starting time of 8:08 PM ET and a broadcast on FS1 Jake Arrieta will be the starting pitcher for the Cubs while Rich Hill will get the call as the starter for the Dodgers. Let’s look at Game 3 and MLB predictions
MLB Odds – Chicago Cubs -120, total 6.5 over
Probable Pitching Matchup – Arrieta vs. Hill
Arrieta has one start in the post season with two earned runs allowed in six innings of work. In the regular season Arrieta had a record of 18-8 with a 3.10 earned run average.
Rich Hill has had a rough post season with an earned run average of 6.43 with nine hits and five earned runs allowed in seven innings of work.
Aroldis Chapman has had a solid post season as the Cubs closer with just one earned run and four hits allowed in 5.1 innings of work while striking out nine batters.
Kris Bryant was the big bat for the Cubs in the regular season with 39 home runs and 10 runs batted in. He had 35 doubles with a batting average of .292 with an OPS of .939. In the post season Bryant has an average of .333, an OPS of 1.010, with one home run and four doubles.
Anthony Rizzo was another huge offensive contributor to the Cubs with 32 home runs, 43 doubles, a .292 batting average and 109 runs batted in.
Justin Turner was the key offensive weapon for the Dodgers this year with 27 home runs and 90 runs batted in. He had 34 doubles with an OPS of .832. Turner has a .333 batting average in the post season with one home run and five runs batted in.
The Cubs have lost just four out of their last 13 road games with eight out of their last nine road games going over the total.
The Dodgers have been a cash cow at home with 14 wins in their last 17 games at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles has gone over the total in five out of their last seven home games.
The Cubs have won six out of their last 10 games against the Dodgers with nine out of the last 13 games between the Cubs and Dodgers going under the total. The Dodgers have had the better of it at home in this head to head series with 12 payouts in their last 19 home games at Dodger Stadium against the Cubs. Five out of the last six meetings between the Cubs and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium have gone under the total.
The Cubs are the call with their superior pitching. I will also take the game under the total.