MLB Prediction Cubs vs Dodgers 8-26-16
Chicago vs Los Angeles Preview
The Cubs have built a commanding lead in the NL Central behind a powerful young lineup and a starting rotation that has gone 15-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 22 games during August. The Dodgers hold a two-game lead over the Giants in the NL West. The Dodgers made a move by trading for Philadelphia Carlos Ruiz who is hitting .340 (16-for-47) since the All-Star break.
Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers; Odds, Date, Time, TV
GAME: Chicago Cubs (81-45) at Los Angeles Dodgers (71-56)
DATE/TIME: Friday, August 26 – 10:10 PM EST
WHERE: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, ABC7 (Chicago), SportsNet LA (Los Angeles)
Money Line: Dodgers +105
Run Line: Cubs -1.5 +135, Dodgers +1.5 -155
About Chicago Cubs
Starting Pitcher: Cubs LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.41 ERA)
Mike Montgomery (1-1, 2.77 ERA) will face the Dodgers for the first time in his career while making his second start for the Cubs. Montgomery delivered in impressive fashion in his first start on Saturday at Colorado, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning before departing after allowing a solo homer to Nick Hundley. Overall, Montgomery is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his past five games. Montgomery, who was acquired by Chicago from the Seattle Mariners on July 20, has made 19 career starts in the majors, compiling a 5-7 record with a 4.34 ERA.
Money Line On Road; 36-26, -471 (58.1%)
Money Line vs Teams That Win >54% of Games; 20-7, +471 (74.1%)
Over/Under On Road; 34-23-5 (59.6%)
Over/Under vs LAD; 1-3 (25%)
About Los Angeles Dodgers
Starting Pitcher: Dodgers RH Bud Norris (6-10, 4.69)
Bud Norris will start for the National League West leading-Dodgers (71-56). Norris (6-10, 4.69 ERA) last started Aug. 19 against the Reds, allowing six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings and taking the loss as the Dodgers fell 9-2. He struck out three and tied a season high with four walks. Since joining the Dodgers on June 30, he is 3-3 with a 5.67 ERA. Norris last faced the Cubs on June 10 as a member of the Atlanta Braves, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks in seven innings, earning the win in the Braves’ 5-1 victory.
Money Line At Home; 40-25, -83 (61.5%)
Money Line When Line was -110 to +120; 5-18, -1096 (21.7%)
Over/Under At Home; 24-41 (36.9%)
Over/Under when Bud Norris starts; 5-2 (71.4%)
Cubs vs Dodgers Prediction 8-26-16
The Cubs have the deepest lineup in baseball. They do two things very well on offense. They get out to a quick lead in the first inning and they beat up on bullpens. The Dodgers will send out Bud Norris who is a decent pitcher and can get some quality innings but eventually he will be replaced by some less than stellar relievers and the Cubs will be able to pack on the runs late in this game. Taking the Cubs on the money line as long as it is below -125. If it goes above then I will blend my bet with 75% money line and 25% on the Cubs (-1.5) run line.
Score Prediction: Cubs 5 – Dodgers 3
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