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Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Picks, Predictions, Odds

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Analysis

The Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers will square off at Dodger Stadium for the second of a four-game set on Friday, July 8, 2022.

Chicago ranks third in the National League Central with records of 34-49 overall and 17-22 on the road, which trails the division leading Milwaukee Brewers by 12.5 games. The Dodgers currently lead the National League West with a record of 53-29 overall and 27-13 at home.

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Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Prediction

Prior to the results of game-one of this series, the Chicago Cubs are third in the NL Central standings, 12.0 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place. The Cubs most recently went 2-1 SU in a three-game series against the Brewers and have won seven of their last 10 games. Chicago’s offense has been great over that stretch, averaging 5.5 runs per game. This is well above their season average of 4.37 runs per game (15th). The bullpen has also played well over their last 10 with a team ERA of 3.9. This is much better than their season ERA of 4.66 (25th). The right-hander Keegan Thompson (7-3, 3.41 ERA) is scheduled to start for Chicago Friday.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers enter this matchup atop the NL West standings with a six-game lead over the second place San Diego Padres. The Dodgers are coming off a three-game sweep against the Colorado Rockies and have won seven of their last 10 games. Los Angeles has been great on both sides of the ball throughout the season. The offense ranks second in runs per game (5), first in on base percentage (.330), and fourth in slugging percentage (.430). The Dodgers bullpen ranks second in team ERA (2.91), second in WHIP (1.09), and third in batting average allowed (.218). Left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson (9-1, 3.09 ERA) is expected to take the mound for the Dodgers Friday.  

The Cubs have been playing solid baseball over their last 10 games and while I am not confident they win this game, I do think they keep it within two runs. No value in playing the Dodgers moneyline at (-232) so will be playing the Cubs runline as they should be able to keep things close with Thompson on the mound.

Score Prediction: Dodgers 5, Cubs 4 
Best Bet: Cubs +1.5

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  • Date: Friday, July 8, 2022
  • Matchup: NL Central vs. NL West
  • Venue: Dodger Stadium
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Time-TV: 10:10 p.m. ET – MLBN

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Current Form

Chicago continues to thrive, winning four out of their last six games against the Red Sox and the Brewers. In the third contest against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs were in their best form in the last six games, keeping the Milwaukee Brewers at only one run.

The second of three matches on Tuesday marked an eight-run effort by Chicago against the Milwaukee Brewers, which was their best performance this week. Los Angeles continues to thrive, winning six out of their last seven games against the Padres and the Rockies. In the third contest against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were in their best form in the last seven games, keeping the Colorado Rockies at only one run.

The third of four matches on Saturday marked an seven-run effort by Los Angeles against the San Diego Padres, which was their best performance this week.

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Pitching Matchup

Chicago: Keegan Thompson (7-3, 3.41 ERA)

Chicago ace Keegan Thompson toes the rubber for his 10th start of the season as he looks to improve on a 7-3 mark and 3.41 ERA. The right-hander has put together a 1.23 WHIP to go along with 66 strikeouts and 24 walks in 71.1 innings of work. Thompson didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came at home against the Boston Red Sox on July 3, 2022. He threw four innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in an eventual 2-4 Cubs defeat. In his five starts on the road this season, Thompson is 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, 10 walks and 17 strikeouts over 25 innings of work.

Los Angeles: Tyler Anderson (9-1, 3.10 ERA)

The Dodgers’ left-hander Tyler Anderson owns a 9-1 record and 3.10 ERA in his 13th start of the season. Anderson also posted a 1.05 WHIP, while striking out 73 and walking 15 batters in 84.1 innings this season. Anderson added another win to his record in his most recent start against San Diego Padres, as Los Angeles’s left-hander surrendered one run on six hits, two walks, and six strikeouts during the Dodgers’ 7-2 home loss on July 2, 2022. Anderson is 6-0 with a 2.74 ERA across 15 home starts this season, which includes five walks, 38 strikeouts, and a 0.94 WHIP over 42.2 innings of action.

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Series History

Chicago had a great 2021 season in this matchup, tallying a 4-3 mark. In the current season, the Dodgers have taken the advantage away from the Cubs with four wins out of four games.

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