We know that the American League champion Cleveland Indians will host Game 1 of the World Series next Tuesday — the same night the NBA champion Cavaliers open their season and raise their title banner across the street by the way! What we don’t know yet is which National League team will face the Tribe. We might have an answer Saturday night in Game 6 of the NLCS as the Dodgers visit the Cubs. If the series doesn’t end Saturday, a winner-take- all game is Sunday at Wrigley. Be sure to check out the latest MLB odds.
Here’s a Closer Look at the Los Angeles at Chicago NLCS Game 6 Betting Prediction & TV Info
RECAP: #Dodgers unable to secure Game 5 win, trail NLCS 3-2.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 21, 2016
When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 PM ET
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
Probable pitchers (away/home): Clayton Kershaw/Kyle Hendricks
TV: Fox Sports 1
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Los Angeles / Chicago
Opening MLB Lines: TBA
Why Bet on Los Angeles?
Because the best pitcher on the planet, left-hander Clayton Kershaw, is on the mound. The Dodgers had considered starting him in Game 5 back in Los Angeles on three days of rest again and might have had L.A. been up 3-1 in the series. But Chicago’s 10-2 win in Game 4 assured that Kershaw was moved to Game 6. However, now that presumably means he won’t be available for even an inning in a potential Game 7.
The Dodgers have won all four of Kershaw’s appearances in these playoffs. He pitched Game 2 at Wrigley Field and was brilliant in the 1-0 win. Kershaw retired his first 14 batters and allowed just two hits over seven innings. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked one while throwing just 84 pitches.
Kershaw produced a game score of 78 — his highest in 13 career postseason starts. In LCS play, the performance marked the 17th occurrence a hurler has gone seven innings, allowed no runs and gave up no more than two hits and the first since the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha limited the Dodgers to two hits in seven innings to beat Kershaw and clinch the 2013 pennant (in Game 6). Kershaw was just 3-6 with a 4.79 ERA in 16 career postseason games coming into this series.
Why Bet on Chicago?
You know who led the majors in overall ERA and home ERA this season? Cubs Game 6 starter Kyle Hendricks. Highlighting Hendricks’ best professional season was his 1.32 ERA at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 11 of his 16 starts there (including one in the NLDS), and Hendricks limited opponents to four home runs over his 99 innings pitched at home.
Overall, Hendricks had a 2.13 ERA as he became the first Cub to lead the majors in ERA since Bill Lee in 1938 (2.66 ERA). He set career-highs in wins (16), innings pitched (190.0) and strikeouts (170). Hendricks ranked among major league leaders in ERA (1st, 2.13), opponent OPS (1st, .581), WHIP (2nd, 0.98), opponent OBP (2nd, .262), opponent slugging (2nd, .319), hits per nine innings (3rd, 6.73) and opponent average (5th, .207). His 1.32 ERA at Wrigley Field was the second-best single-season mark in franchise history (min. 10 GS).
Hendricks had the first nine-game home winning streak by a Cubs pitcher since Ryan Dempster in 2008 (10-straight home victories). He allowed three or fewer earned runs in 22-straight starts from May 22-September 26, the longest stretch of his career and the best such streak in the majors in 2016.
Hendricks was on the wrong end of the 1-0 loss in Game 2. He pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in his first outing since he left his Division Series start against San Francisco with a bruised right forearm. Hendricks’ only mistake was a second-inning fastball that Adrian Gonzalez drove over the wall in left-center for his second homer of the playoffs. Hendricks walked four batters, matching his single-season high this year. That was very unlike Hendricks.
“I thought maybe he was trying to be too fine,” Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said. “It’s his second full year in the big leagues. It’s something he has to learn.”
My Betting Prediction
Can’t bet against Kershaw. Go Dodgers on MLB odds.