Cubs vs. Dodgers Pick
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Dodgers are a -190 favorite to win the NLCS. The Cubs are a +155 underdog to win the series. Game one odds have yet to be released.
Chicago advanced to the World Series by defeating the Nationals in five games in the NLDS, winning Game 5 by a count of 9-8. Los Angeles won its series over Arizona in a three-game sweep. The Dodgers lead the series by a count of 4-2 and the total has gone under five times.
Pitching Game 1 for the Cubs will be either Jose Quintana (11-11, 4.15 ERA) or John Lackey (12-12, 4.59). The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31). Also in the Chicago rotation are Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33), Jake Arrieta (14-10, 3.53) and Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03). Los Angeles' rotation also includes Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32), Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86) and possibly Kenta Maeda (13-6, 4.22).
The Cubs ralled from a 4-1 deficit to win Game 5 versus the Nationals. scoring four runs in the fifth off Max Scherzer. Jon Jay was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Willson Contreras went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs. Addison Russell was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run and four RBIs. Brian Duensing picked up the win in relief, while Wade Davis threw a season-high 44 pitches and 2 1/3 innings to earn the save.
Los Angeles won Game 3 at Arizona by a count of 3-1 as Justin Turner went 2-for-5, while Cody Bellinger was 2-for-4 with a home run plus a walk and two RBIs. Darvish gave up one earned run and struck out seven over five innings to get the win. Kenley Jansen recorded the save.
Jay was 3-for-11 in the NLDS with two doubles and two runs. Russell was 4-for-18 with two doubles and four RBIs. Contreras and Anthony Rizzo both contributed a home run. For the Dodgers, Austin Barnes was 4-for-8 with a double and a home run versus Arizona. Turner was 6-for-13 with a home run and five RBIs. Yasiel Puig finished 5-for-11 with a double, a triple and four RBIs.
Los Angeles might have posted the best record in baseball this season with a 103-win regular season, but the Cubs have a proven postseason track record after last year's ending of the historic World Series title drought. While the Chicago rotation is a bit uncertain for Game 1, the rest stacks up nicely in games that Kershaw does not pitch. And Kershaw has had his own postseason issues. While the Cubs are a fairly big underdog, we love their chances to split the games in Los Angeles and then take control of the series when it comes to Wrigley Field.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: CHICAGO CUBS +155