MLB Betting - Strong Home Field Equals Superb Underdog Value On Cubs

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Sunday, October 16, 2016 5:07 PM GMT

Ross Benjamin has garnered the reputation over the past 2 decades as being an elite big game sports handicapper. Go inside to read his MLB pick on Sunday’s NLCS game between the Dodgers and Cubs.

Ross Benjamin 2016 MLB Postseason Record: 8-3-1 (72.7%) (+450)

Date

Picks

Profit

Oct 15, 2016

Dodgers vs Cubs
Take: Cubs -1.5 +112 (Win)

+112

Oct 15, 2016

Blue Jays vs Indians
Take: Blue Jays -125 (Loss)

-125

Oct 14, 2016

Blue Jays vs Indians
Take: Total +7.5 un +102 (Win)

+102

Oct 10, 2016

Indians vs Red Sox
Take: Total +9.5 un -115 (Win)

+100

Oct 09, 2016

Dodgers vs Nationals
Take: Total +7.5 un -115 (Win)

+100

Oct 07, 2016

Giants vs Cubs
Take: Total +7 un -125 (Win)

+100

Oct 07, 2016

Dodgers vs Nationals
Take: Dodgers -144 (Win)

+100

Oct 07, 2016

Blue Jays vs Rangers
Take: Total +9 un -119 (Win)

+100

Oct 06, 2016

Red Sox vs Indians
Take: Red Sox -139 (Loss)

-139

Oct 05, 2016

Giants vs Mets
Take: Giants -103 (Win)

+100

Oct 04, 2016

Orioles vs Blue Jays
Take: Orioles +138 (Loss)

-100

 

NLCS Game 2 at Iconic Wrigley Field

Game 2 of the NLCs between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs takes place on Sunday evening. The opening pitch at Wrigley Field in Chicago is slated for 8:08 PM ET. Chicago took the series opener on Saturday by way of an 8-4 win. The Cubs are 4-1 at home this year during their head to head series against Los Angeles.

 

NLCS Odds: Dodgers vs. Cubs

Current MLB betting odds (10:30 AM ET) at Bookmaker shows the Dodgers as a -129 money line favorite on Sunday, and there’s a posted total of 6.5. Be sure to check out the attractive cash bonuses that Bookmaker is presently offering. Bookmaker is widely considered to be one of the top betting sites.

 

Starting Pitchers

The Dodgers will turn to their ace Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. It’s no secret that Kershaw has been one of the best starting pitchers in baseball during recent years. Nevertheless, I would be remiss not to mention his inexplicable postseason struggles in recent years. As a matter of fact, he was less than impressive in his pair of 2016 NLDS starts against Washington, compiling a lofty 6.17 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. On a positive note. Kershaw did record a 7 pitch save in the deciding NLDS Game 5 against Washington.

Kershaw started Game 4 against Washington on short rest (3 days), and just 2 days later came on in relief. Sunday will mark his third start in 10 days. Pundits will say that’s not a big deal since he missed 2 months of the season due to a herniated disc, and his arm is plenty rested. I for one am not buying that theory.

Cubs starters Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta receive a lot of media attention, and rightfully so. However, Kyle Hendricks flies well under the radar, and in my personal opinion has been the most underrated starting pitcher in baseball this season. Hendricks led all National League starting pitchers with a brilliant 2.13 ERA, and his 0.98 WHIP was second only to Washington’s Max Scherzer. Hendricks has made 15 starts at Wrigley Field in 2016, and has gathered a dominating 1.39 ERA in those appearances.

 

Home and Away Dichotomies

The Cubs have gone an off the charts 60-24 (.714) at home this season, and that includes an even better winning rate of 31-8 (.795) when those game were played at night. Conversely, the Dodgers are a below average 40-45 (.71) in away games. Despite those home and away disparity splits, Chicago finds itself as a money line home underdog on Sunday. I’m taking what I deem to be a very good underdog betting value, and one of my postseason MLB predictions will concur with that assessment.

Free MLB Pick: Cubs +119

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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