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Major League Baseball Betting Odds Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs Free Pick

Major League Baseball on Monday night and we will see the Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs in game 1 of their 4 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 8:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.

Betting Odds

Dodgers                -175
Chicago                +165

Over/ Under: 9 U -125

The Cubs have been playing god ball of late as they have won 2 in a row and 9 of their last 14 games. The Cubs are now at 37-30 on the year and they are 7 games behind the Cards for first place in the NL Central. 

The Dodgers rank 8th in scoring (4.39 rpg), 4th in hitting (.271) and 26th in homers (40), while on the mound they are 6th in ERA (3.49) and 8th in WHIP (1.22). Chicago ranks 13th in scoring (4.24 rpg), 19th in hitting (.246) and 13th in homers (68), while on the mound they are 5th in ERA (3.52) and 4th in WHIP (1.20).  

Getting the ball for the Dodgers tonight will be Clayton Kershaw, who is 5-4 with a 3.29 ERA overall, while on the road he has gone 1-2 with a 4.27 ERA. Clayton is 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 6 career starts vs the Cubs, while at Wrigley he has gone 101 with a 2.45 ERA in 2 starts. 

Taking the hill for the Cubs tonight will be Tsuyoshi Wada, who is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 6 starts this year, while at at home he has gone 0-0 with a 3.21 ERA in 6 starts. Wada is 0-0 with a 2.53 ERA in 2 career starts vs the Dodgers.  

Pick: Tough travel spot for the Dodgers, but after a blowout of the Giants last night they should be fresh, especially that bullpen. The Offense woke up for the Dodgers last night and it should continue vs Wada, who is not an over powering pitcher. The Dodgers will send out Kershaw in this game and he has very nice career numbers vs the Cubs and I look for him to have a nother strong showing in this one. I look for the Dodgers to take game 1 of this series. 



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