In the third of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs (39-30) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (39-30) at Wrigley Field, Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 4.28 ERA) and Mike Bolsinger (4-2, 2.87 ERA) get the ball. The Cubs won the last game 1-0 and Chicago leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 24 and will air on SportsNet, CSN-CHI and ESPN2.
In his most recent outing, Hendricks pitched 5.0 innings, giving up six runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking one in a 7-2 loss to the Twins. Anthony Rizzo (.309, 42 Rs, 15 HRs, 43 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one stolen base. In his career against the Cubs, Bolsinger is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. Adrian Gonzalez (.297, 38 Rs, 12 HRs, 45 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Chicago is a +106 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. When playing as the underdog, the Cubs have a 15-13 record and overall money line at +503. They are 3-1 as the underdog over their last 10 games. The Cubs typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.5 walks per home game. Chicago's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 2.9 during that span, compared to its 3.9 season average. The Cubs don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking third in the league with a 1.19 WHIP.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Dodgers come into this game with a win percentage of .547 when playing as the favorite (35-29) and an overall money line of -701. They have played poorly when rated as favorite as of late. They managed a 2-7 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 3-7. The Dodgers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Los Angeles's run production has dropped to 3.1 runs per game, compared to 4.2 for the duration of the season. Los Angeles is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 93 home runs. The Dodgers average 4.0 walks per road game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL when they travel. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have the fourth-lowest road ERA in the NL at 3.80. They have a WHIP of 1.18 on the year, good for second in the league. The Los Angeles pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.6 strikeouts per game.
The previous two games have all gone Chicago's way. The Cubs will take on a right-hander (Bolsinger) in this game and have a 32-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Hendricks will take the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 36-24 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The Dodgers lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cubs are 18-12. The Dodgers are 10-13 in close games this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 15-13, while Chicago is 16-14.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Cubs are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Dodgers have a 14-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Dodgers, as the Cubs have won their last four games while the Dodgers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 28-7. The Cubs have a 26-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 289 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 11th with 304.
Ranking first in walks, Los Angeles has earned 256 this season. Chicago ranks fifth with 230 walks.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 25-15, well-matched with the Dodgers who are 32-20 when hitting one or more homers.