'Under' Is Smart Call in Dodgers-Cubs Series Finale at Wrigley

Kevin Stott

Thursday, April 13, 2017 3:40 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017 3:40 PM UTC

The 'under' has gone an impressive 11-2 the L13 Cubs-Dodgers games, so backing the 'under' again in Thursday's series finale at Wrigley makes sense as the logical pick with southpaws Hyun Jin-Ryu and Brett Anderson getting the pill.

Odds Overview

Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs (MLB Network, 2:20 p.m. ET): The Cubs and LHP Brett Anderson wrap up their opening 3-game homestand against LHP Hyun Jin-Ryu and the NL West champion Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Thursday. Sportsbooks have Chicago -125 favorites (BookMaker) in Game 3 of this series with the Total 8 -110 (BookMaker). The Run Line market sees the Cubs -1½ +163 with LA +1½ -190 (JustBet). Chicago won Game 1 Monday, 3-2, then lost Game 2 Wednesday, 2-0.



Los Angeles Dodgers

Despite a 4-4 record, the Dodgers (10/1 to win World Series, 5Dimes) headed into Wednesday night’s game with a better Run Differential than the Cubs (33 RF-23 RA) with LA (42 RF-25 RA, +17 RD) proving it can score, especially with the mercurial Yasiel Puig again contributing. Manager Dave Roberts put out a starting Game 2 Lineup of: LF Toles, SS Seager, 3B Forsythe, 1B Gonzalez, C Grandal, CF Pederson, 2B Utley, RF Puig with veteran RHP Brandon McCarthy getting the start.

The Dodgers (+450 to win NL, Bovada) are 4-1 L5 Thursdays and 1-9 L19 vs. LHP starters, but 10-3 L13 starts by Ryu vs. the NL Central, 12-4 his L16 starts with 5+ Days Rest and 58-28 L86 Game 3’s. The 'Under' is 5-0 L5 starts by Ryu and 6-1 L7 LA Road games, but the 'Over' is 12-7 L19 Road vs. LHP.


Chicago Cubs

The Cubs (+450 to win World Series, Bovada) catch a break in this series, missing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and Chicago has both the Momentum and Confidence against LA, going 5-2 L7 in the Windy City. In Game 2 Wednesday, manager Joe Maddon had a Starting Lineup of: LF Schwarber, 3B Bryant, 1B Rizzo, 2B Zobrist, SS Russell, RF J Heyward, C Contreras, SP John Lackey with CF Jay batting 9th.

Chicago (+175 to win NL, Bovada) is 19-6 L25 Thursdays, 4-0 L4 vs. NL West, 37-15 L52 Home and 60-26 its L86 games on Grass. The 'Under' is 47-21-3 L71 games at Wrigley, 19-7 L26 vs. LHP, while the 'Over' is 5-1 L6 Game 3s and L6 Thursdays.


Chicago Weather, Series Side, Totals & Trends

The Weather Channel forecast for Chicago for Thursday calls for Occasional Rain, a High of 57° with E Winds of 5-10 mph. Cubs starter Anderson (1.59 ERA) will be making his first start in Wrigley against his former team and allowed just 1 Run in 5 2/3 IP vs. Milwaukee in his first start, while Cubs batters have had limited PA’s against Dodgers starter Ryu (3.86 ERA). Series Trends show the Cubs are 8-5 L13 vs. the Dodgers in the Windy City with the 'Under' an impressive 11-2 over that span (+7.9 units) and 17-5 the L22, including Wednesday’s 2-0 Dodgers win. Even though LA is 1-4 L5 meetings and 2-5 L7, the 'Under' is the MLB Pick.

Predicted Final Score: Dodgers 3, Cubs 2MLB Free Pick: 'Under' 8 (-105)Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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