Few would have expected the Cubs to beat Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers last night, but that's exactly what happened. What's in store for Tuesday's MLB betting action?
Jason Hammel has been a stud for the Cubs this season, yet he'll still find himself and his teammates classified as underdogs for game two of the series this evening. Right now the Dodgers are favored at right around -125, with the Cubs listed at roughly +115 to secure their fourth straight win.
If you're more inclined to make a play on the total, you're going to have to wait a little longer for oddsmakers to release their lines. As you know, the wind plays a huge factor at Wrigley Field, and if it's blowing out, we can still expect a pretty high O/U despite the fact we've got two great starting pitchers toeing the rubber. Be sure to check back with SBRodds.com to get the latest baseball odds.
Chicago Cubs (Hammel)
The Cubs were big-time underdogs last night against the mighty Kershaw, but young phenom Kris Bryant was up for the challenge and belted two homers. He was the catalyst in Chicago's 4-2 victory, the team's third straight which has put them at 38-30 overall on the season. That's good for third place in the NL Central, though the Cubs are just a half game back of the Pirates now.
After a solid pitching effort across the board for Chicago last night, it's Jason Hammel's turn to take the mound and show us what he's got. The right-hander has been terrific this season, going 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.
The wheels have come off a little bit for Hammel over his last couple of starts, but the overall numbers still suggest he's been a huge part of the Cubs' success in 2015. The 32-year-old owns a 2.70 ERA and 26:6 K:BB ratio over 33 and 1/3 innings inside Wrigley Field thus far this season and will try to keep that going against a daunting Dodgers lineup.
Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke)
It wasn't meant to be for Kershaw last night, and the LA bats were also quieted in surprising fashion. The Dodgers now stand at 39-32 for the year, and they remain just one game ahead of the Giants for the top sport in the division.
Pitching at Wrigley, especially when the wind is blowing out, is never an easy task, but Zack Greinke has been one of the most dominant starters in baseball thus far in 2015, and his pinpoint command should keep him out of trouble. Greinke is 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA and 0.94 WHIP on the year.
Looking at the numbers closer, Greinke has been just as good on the road (3-1, 1.77 ERA) as he has been at home, and he should be able to notch quite a few strikeouts in this matchup with the swing-happy Cubs.
This is one of the toughest spots we've had to deal with all season.
It's always tricky when you feel very good about both pitchers and don't see much of an edge with either team when picking the moneyline or even a run-line. And, when that happens, we normally like to tackle a total play instead. However, the wind factor at Wrigley throws all of that off, and makes us want to shy away from that route too.
So, we're going to play it safe by taking on a little chalk and siding with Los Angeles to even up the series tonight. Greinke should be able to post a quality outing here and the Dodgers have excelled against right-handed pitching all season long; maybe they'll be able to get things going against Hammel. With our MLB picks, we're recommending backing LA on the moneyline.
MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -125