Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 8 (7/8): MLB

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 8 (7/8): MLB

Credit: photo by Gary A. Vasquez-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 10:10 p.m. EST
Dodgers money line -192
Dodgers run line -1.5 (+105)
Cubs money line +188
Cubs run line +1.5 (-110)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago Cubs
Record 53-29 34-49
Home / road record 27-13 17-22
Last 10 record 8-2 6-4
Streak W3 L1
Over / under record 31-44-7 40-40-3
Runs / game 5.00 4.38
Runs allowed / game 3.22 5.13

 

Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs will play the second game of the series series at the Dodger Stadium on Friday night. Mookie Betts hit a pair of leadoff homers, and Gonsolin pitched seven strong innings for his 11th win.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers get here with a 53-29 record and have won 8 of their last 9 games. The team is averaging 5 runs per game and they're batting for .253 AVG, 405 runs scored in 693 hits and 102 home runs, ranking #2 in offense in the league barely behind the New York Yankees. Mookie Bets leads the team batting for .303 AVG. and 18 home runs. Trea Turner has 59 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.22 runs per game and rank #2 in the league. Tony Gonsolin leads the team with a 1.62 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 11 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:

Tyler Anderson (9-1, 3.09 ERA) will be on the mound for the Dodgers in the 2nd game of the series. Anderson took the win against the Padres on Saturday, allowing just one run over six hits, two walks, and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings. He has a record of 4-3 with an ERA of 3.91 and 52 strikeouts in 8 appearances against the Cubs in his career.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs get here with a 34-49 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.38 runs per game. They're batting for .249 AVG, 347 runs scored in 671 hits and 79 home runs, ranking #16 in offense in the league behind the Texas Rangers. Patrick Wisdom is leading the team with 17 home runs and 45 RBI while Wilson Contreras has the better batting average with .280.

Defensively they are allowing 5.13 runs per game and rank #25 in the league. Keegan Thompson leads the pitching staff with a 3.41 ERA, 66 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded for the Cubs.

Probable Pitcher:

Keegan Thompson (7-3, 3.41 ERA) will be on the mound for the Cubs in the 2nd game of the series. Thompson took a no-decision in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Boston, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three batters in four innings. He has a record of 0-1 with an ERA of 2.16 and 7 strikeouts in 4 appearances versus the Dodgers in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Chi Cubs are 6-13 SU in their last 19 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers.

LA Dodgers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games.

LA Dodgers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home.

Prediction

The Cubs couldn't do much against Gonsolin and the Dodgers bullpen but weren't that bad in the first game of the series. They'll now send Thompson to the mound who has done a decent job this season and has been effective against the Dodgers in his career. The Dodgers continue to play great at home as they have won 8 of their last 9 games there and will send Tyler Anderson to the mound who has a 9-1 record this season. Tyler Anderson should be dominant on this game and Thompson will keep this game close so take the under.

PICK: Under 8.5 (-110)

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