The Chicago Cubs were the dominant team in all of Major League Baseball during the regular season but have fallen behind two games to one to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The Cubs face the daunting situation of facing a three to one deficit with the possibility of a game five elimination in Los Angeles if they fail to win today. John Lackey will take the hill for the Cubs while Julio Urias will get the start for the Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday with coverage on FS1 starting at 8 PM ET on FS1
NLCS Game 4 Odds
Chicago Cubs -106, 7 over
Probable Pitching Matchup – Lackey vs. Urias
John Lackey had a regular season record of 11-8 with a 3.35 earned run average but was shelled in his only post season start this year as he allowed three earned runs, seven hits, and two walks in four innings of work.
Julio Urias had a regular season mark of 5-2 with a 3.39 earned run average. He has pitched two innings of post season ball so far this year with one hit and no earned runs allowed.
The Cubs need to get the ball to their closer as Aroldis Chapman remains one of the premier closers in the game. In the regular season he posted a 1.55 earned run average with 90 strikeouts in just 58 innings of work. In the post season Chapman has posted nine strikeouts in just 5.1 innings of work with a 1.69 earned run average.
Both managers have done excellent jobs this postseason. Chicago manager Joe Maddon is the best in the game and perhaps the best leader in all of professional sports. Maddon is a three time Manager of the Year and was a miracle worker during his time with the Tampa Bay Rays where he won an American League pennant and produced a consistent contender there.
Dodger manager Dave Roberts may lack Maddon’s long term record but has done a splendid job in his first season as manager of the Dodgers. He overcame Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011.
The Cubs have won just three out of their last eight away games with eight out of their last 10 away games going over the total.
The Dodgers have won 15 out of their last 18 home games for one of the most profitable stretches in any sport. LA has gone over the total in five out of their last eight home games.
The Dodgers have covered 12 out of their last 20 games against the Cubs with 13 out of their last 20 games going under the total. The Dodgers have won 13 out of their last 20 home games against the Cubs with just five out of the last 20 games between the Cubs and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium going over the total.
This is a game that the Cubs really need to win and they have a playoff veteran in Lackey on the mound. I will take the Cubs to take Game 4 and get even in this series.