Last Updated: 2017-10-18
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to close out the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on TBS. The Dodgers have completely shut down the Cubs in the first three games of the series and now Los Angeles is one win away from advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1988. Los Angeles will turn to Alex Wood on Wednesday, while the Cubs go with Jake Arrieta. Let’s look at the contest and MLB picks.
The Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, October 18 in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, with a start time of 9 pm Eastern on TBS.
Chicago -110, total 9.5
Dodgers vs. Cubs
The Dodgers went 47-34 on the road during the regular season, with 38 games going over, 41 going under, with two pushes. Los Angeles averages 4.8 runs per game and gives up 3.4 per contest.
The Cubs went 48-33 at home during the regular season, with 44 games going over, 34 going under, with three pushes. They average 5.1 runs per game and give up about 4 per contest.
Probable Pitching Matchup – Wood vs. Arrieta
The Dodgers will turn to Alex Wood on Wednesday night. Wood had a superb regular season, as he went 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA. He threw two scoreless innings in relief in the NLDS against the Nationals. This will be his first career playoff start. He faced the Cubs earlier this season and allowed no runs in a 4-0 Dodger win.
The Cubs will go with Jake Arrieta on Wednesday. He will be making his ninth playoff start. He took the loss in the NLDS against the Nationals, as he allowed one unearned run in four innings. He faced the Dodgers earlier this season and took the 4-0 loss. He faced them twice last season and it was all Dodgers again, as Los Angeles won 5-0 and 6-0.
The Dodgers are 7-1 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Dodgers are 18-4 in Wood’s last 22 starts and they are 8-2 in his last 10 road starts. The Cubs are 1-7 in their last 8 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Cubs are 3-7 in Arrieta’s last 10 starts vs. the National League West. The Cubs are 1-4 in Arrieta’s last 5 starts vs. the Dodgers.
The Under is 3-0-1 in the Dodgers last 4 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 5-1 in Wood’s last 6 starts overall. The Under is 40-19-6 in the Cubs last 65 vs. the National League West. The Under is 4-0 in Arrieta’s last 4 starts vs. the Dodgers. The Under is 4-0 in Wood’s last 4 starts vs. the Cubs. The Under is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings in Chicago.
The Cubs simply are not hitting right now and their bullpen is a complete disaster. Chicago has also struggled against left-handed starters of late, losing 7 of their last 8 games. I will take the Dodgers to close things out on Wednesday night.