Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.68 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (37-30) go up against Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 3.29 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (39-31) in the first of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 22 and will air on SportsNet LA and WGN.
Wada is 0-0 with a 2.53 ERA against the Dodgers in his career, but faces a strong Los Angeles offense that's hitting .259 on the year. Anthony Rizzo (.309, 42 Rs, 15 HRs, 43 RBIs, 10 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Cubs, Kershaw is 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 10 walks. Justin Turner (.333, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 32 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Dodgers, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
Chicago is a +160 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. When playing as the underdog, the Cubs have a 14-13 record and overall money line at +336. The Cubs typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.5 walks per home game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Cubs are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.20.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Dodgers come into this game with a win percentage of .548 when playing as the favorite (34-28) and an overall money line of -624. During the last 10 games, they averaged 3.0 runs per game, below their 4.2 season average. Los Angeles is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 91 home runs. The Dodgers average 4.0 walks per road game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL when they travel. The Dodgers are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.36 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.19 on the year, good for third in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the NL with an average of 8.6 strikeouts per game.
This game will feature Kershaw (LHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 5-4 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The left-handed Wada will take the mound against the Dodgers. Against lefty starters this season, they have a terrible 3-7 record overall and 1-3 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
Chicago earned its seventh shutout of the season in its last game. Los Angeles has been shut out five times this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 15-12, while Chicago is 15-14.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 2-2 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 7-25. The Dodgers have a 7-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks in the top half of the league at 12th when it comes to home runs, hitting 68 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 91.
Chicago and Los Angeles both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Chicago sits at ninth with 8.42 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks 10th with 8.41.
Ranking 16th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.715). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .774.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 16-22. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 21-21 record.