L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Gambling Prediction & MLB Preview

Los Angeles Dodgers (59-49) vs Chicago Cubs (49-60)

Los Angeles continued their winning ways with a ho-hum victory over Chicago Friday night.

Saturday August 3
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
Probable Starters:
LAD: Chris Capuano (L)
CHC: Jeff Samardzija (R)
Moneyline: Los Angeles -110, Chicago -110
O/U: 8.5

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Los Angeles

Now hitting out of the cleanup spot, with no OF Matt Kemp and no SS Hanley Ramirez in the lineup, OF Yasiel Puig cashed 1B Adrian Gonzalez to get them going and the game was over by the 5th when the scoring stopped in a 6-2 victory.

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Puig and Ramirez are both hitting .370 but Ramirez has been the bigger producer for L.A. He should be back in the lineup on Saturday…it has been amazing how resilient this club has become since they turned their season around.

The Dodgers are red hot and veteran Chris Capuano has not been slowing them down. In two of his last three starts he has pitched 6 innings and given up zero runs.

But in between he was shelled by the Toronto Blue Jays, though the Dodgers still won. As long as he is backed by this super confident squad the crafty lefty is not a horrible pitcher to get behind.

He can still sling it pretty good and over his career has enjoyed a 9-3 record against the Cubbies, probably mostly with Milwaukee. [dfads params=’groups=10&limit=1&return_javascript=0′]


Chicago has some unfamiliar faces in their lineup since they gave up on the season. One name that might be worth knowing is Junior Lake, an outfielder who should get all the playing time he can handle with Alfonso Soriano now with the Yankees. In a meek performance Lake was the star last night. His 4 hits raised his average to .370 as well but he is performing way above expectations.

The Cubbies actually outhit the Dodgers 14 -9 but could only plate a couple of runs – talk about cluster luck in the wrong way.

With Matt Garza gone Jeff Samardzija is now the ace of the staff. The long haired righty is 4th in the National League in Ks so he can definitely dominate a lineup but he would be helped by pitching to contact every once in a while. His walks are up this season which has raised his WHIP even though his BAA is down.

Samardzija prefers to work outside of hitter friendly Wrigley field and has too small a track record against the Dodgers to glean anything from – just 8IP over 3 appearances.

It seems like the Dodgers are unbeatable these days but if they are going to lose it stands to reason that it will be with Capuano on the mound. That coupled with Samardzija’s ability to get whiffs is why you have a pick’em on this one right now.

It looks like Chicago is going to really scrape for offense from here on out so Samardzija will have to bring his A game with him to the mound.

O/U Pick: Under
Score Prediction: Chicago 3 – Los Angeles 2

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