If you had to make a decision right now, who would you choose as the team to represent the National League in the World Series? It’s really an unfair question, as we haven’t really seen enough of the current season to get a true idea of which team might rise above the rest. You also need to consider that every team is going to have injuries and other issues to deal with over the next few months, which makes a clear pick that much more difficult to make.
The easy answer, though, would probably be the LA Dodgers, as they have been the team to make it out of the NL in each of the last two seasons. Two in a row is impressive, but 3 in a row is really tough, especially when you consider that they are going to have some serious competition. The Chicago Cubs are likely to be one of those challenging teams, and they will be coming out on Thursday looking to complete the 3-game sweep of the Dodgers in this series. LA are favored by 1 ½, with the run total set at 8.
Dodgers vs Cubs MLB Betting Lines & Expert Prediction
- When: Thursday, April 25 at 2:20 PM EST
- Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
- Starting Pitchers: -Stripling vs. Lester
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: The Score
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Betting Lines: Los Angeles Dodgers -115 (Total 8.5)
Why bet on the LA Dodgers?The LA Dodgers saw their hot streak come to an end the moment they arrived in Chicago, losing the opening two games of this series against the Cubs. They were hammered 7-2 in the opener, and then once again gave up 7 runs in the second game, although the 7-6 final score was a good deal closer.
Despite those losses, the Dodgers are still 7-3 in their last 10 games and they do still have the lead in the NL West, although the chasing pack have cut down the lead to just half a game. The road has been problematic for the Dodgers once again this season, as they are now just 3-7 in their last 10. Overall, they are 5-6 ATS as a road favorite. The Dodgers will send Ross Stripling (1-1, 3.07 ERA) to the mound for this one.
- Runs: 5.54
- Hits: 8.62
- Walks: 4.58
- Strike Outs: 8.08
- Runs: 4.65
- Hits: 7.69
- Walks: 2.81
- Strike Outs: 8.50
Why bet on the Chicago Cubs?There is a reason why people should never panic when a good team gets off to a poor start to the season. As we have said countless times before, the good teams very often find a way to right the ship and get on a roll, which is exactly how things have gone with the Chicago Cubs this year.
They got off to a brutal start, but a run of 8 wins in their last 10 games has them now sitting 2 games over .500 and just 2 games off the pace being set by the St. Louis Cardinals. With those back to back wins over the Dodgers, Chicago move to 7-3 at Wrigley Field this season, where they are also a perfect 2-0 ATS as a home dog. It will be Jon Lester (1-0, 2.57 ERA) who gets the start in this game.
- Runs: 5.64
- Hits: 8.68
- Walks: 4.41
- Strike Outs: 8.50
- Runs: 4.59
- Hits: 8.36
- Walks: 4.09
- Strike Outs: 9.18
Dodgers vs Cubs MLB Betting Trends
- LA Dodgers are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of LA Dodgers’ last 11 games this season
- Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cubs’ last 7 games against an opponent in the National League conference
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Dodgers vs CubsThis really is a tough one to call, as it’s one of those games that could go either way. I think the safe bet here is to take the Cubs to cover the spread, but I am also going to suggest that the Dodgers might just do enough to avoid the sweep.
Score: LA Dodgers 4 – Chicago Cubs 3