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Los Angeles Dodgers (26-24) at Chicago Cubs (30-21)
Tuesday, 7:05 pm Eastern – ESPN
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs play the middle game of their three-game set on Tuesday night with Hiroki Kuroda facing Sean Gallagher. The Cubs took the opener on Monday 3-1 as Ryan Dempster held the Dodgers to only one run while Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez hit home runs. The Cubs snapped a two-game losing streak and are the only team in baseball to not lose three straight this year. They are now 20-8 at home this season. "You should feel good about playing at home, and you should feel good about your chances when you're at home," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "It's an old adage, but you play really good baseball at home, and you play .500 or slightly above on the road, and you're going to have a really good season. We've played well, and let's hope to continue to play well."
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The Dodgers are battling injuries and it showed on Monday as the team struggled to score runs. They are without Rafael Furcal at the top of the lineup and first baseman James Loney is in a slump. "Sometimes I start swinging at bad pitches," said Loney. "When that happens, I work in the cage with a coach and have them throw to me from up close and try to react and recognize locations quickly. It's a faster pace than normal BP" One of the Dodgers best hitters, Russell Martin will not play on Tuesday as manager Joe Torre said that he would rest Martin on either Monday or Tuesday and Martin chose Tuesday. Danny Ardoin will catch Japanese right-hander Hiroki Kuroda who is 2-3 on the season with a 3.48 ERA. Kuroda went eight innings against the Reds in his last start and allowed only two runs on five hits. The Cubs are going with Sean Gallagher on Tuesday. Gallagher is 1-1 on the season with a 5.68 ERA. Gallagher made his third career start last Wednesday and gave up five runs on eight hits against the Astros.
Here are the MLB betting stats for Tuesday’s game. The Dodgers are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. the National League Central. The Dodgers are 3-8 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record. The Dodgers are 13-7in the last 20 meetings in Chicago.
The Cubs are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. the National League West. The Cubs are 14-3 in their last 17 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cubs are 20-7 in their last 27 home games. The Cubs are 3-7 in their last 10 Tuesday games.
The Under is 5-0 in the Dodgers last 5 vs. the National League Central.
The Under is 5-0 in the Dodgers last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Under is 5-0 in the Dodgers last 5 overall. The Under is 4-0 in Kuroda’s last 4 road starts.
The Under is 5-0-1 in the Cubs last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 20-8-2 in the Cubs last 30 Tuesday games.
Pick: All trends point to the under 3units