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MLB: Dodgers vs Cubs Predictions

Major League Baseball betting sees the Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday June 23 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long.

The Cubbies drew first blood in their series with the Dodgers. L.A. has an ace on the mound as they look to even things up.

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Los Angeles Dodgers (39-32) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-30)
Tuesday June 23
Wrigley Field- Chicago, IL
MLB Betting Lines:  Los Angeles -120, Chicago +111
MLB Betting Total:  N/A
Probable Pitchers: LAD:  Zack Greinke (R) vs. CHC:  Jason Hammel (R)
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Los Angeles

The Dodgers are in a funk and are now just barely ahead of San Francisco in the NL West.

After losing last night they have won just three of their last ten as the offense has slowed. Joc Pederson is among that group but you can’t throw too much blame his way as he leads the team with 19 homers.

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If ever this group needed Yasiel Puig to carry them with his energy and his bat the time would be now or else second place could be on the menu for breakfast tomorrow morning.

Zack Greinke is having a great year but all anybody can talk about is what is wrong with Clayton Kershaw.

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Just once all season has he given up more than 3ER in a start and he is coming off seven shutout innings against the Rangers. It is amazing he has just a 5-2 record despite his dominance.

They need him to be a true ace and do what he can to get the team back on track on the road.


The Cubs have won three in a row and just keep chugging along.

Their young offensive talent gets a lot of the headlines but this team has been pitching and that is why they seemed to have developed a level of consistency sooner than expected.

They are just a half game behind Pittsburgh in the NL Central. Even though they are in third place the Cubbies also have the third best record in the NL. The question is whether they can sustain or maybe even make a move to improve their chances.

Jason Hammel has the best whip on the team at .98, which is really good.

Throw in the best ERA and the fact that he is averaging better than a strikeout per inning and it is easy to make the case he has been their best pitcher this season.

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Hammel is still not quite as formidable as Greinke but the consistency he has shown this season is a big reason for the Cubs success.

MLB Betting Trends:

  • LA are 9-1 in Greinkes last 10 Tue. starts.
  • LA are 15-5 in Greinkes last 20 starts.
  • LA are 15-5 in Greinkes last 20 starts on grass.
  • Under is 9-3 in CHC last 12 home games.
  • Under is 5-2-1 in CHC last 8 overall.
  • Under is 5-2-1 in CHC last 8 on grass.
  • LA are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago.
  • LA are 13-4 in the last 17 meetings.

MLB Betting Prediction:  Los Angeles -120

Strong pitching matchup in this one.

MLB Score Prediction:  Los Angeles 4 – Chicago 1

I can’t ignore the value with Greinke and the Dodgers at 1-20 though you can certainly make an argument for the other side too.

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