Major League Baseball: NLCS Game 4 CHC vs. LAD
Best-of-7: Dodgers Lead Series 2-1 Starting Pitchers: CHC- Lackey (0-0, 6.75 ERA) RHP LAD- Urias (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LHP
Chicago Cubs (103-58, 46-34 away) at Los Angeles Dodgers (91-71, 53-28 home)
October 19, 2016- 8:00 PM ET (TV FS1) Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Heavy underdogs heading into this series, it is now the Los Angeles Dodgers who are the front-runners in this NL Championship Series as they will get set to face off against the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 on Wednesday night in a prime-time showdown that has the following betting lines;
Best Cubs Lines: 5Dimes ML “See Live Odds”
Best Dodgers Lines: MyBookie ML “See Live Odds”
Over/Under: BetOnline “See Live Odds”
With the odds in their favor all season long and heading into this postseason, the boys from the Windy City find themselves in an awkward situation as now the underdogs versus a Dodger team that has swung the momentum in their favor and along with it… plenty of confidence.
After dropping an 8-4 contest in Game 1 of this series, the Dodger arms have completely silenced the Chicago bats to the tune of 1-0 in Game 2 and the latest… a 6-0 drubbing in Game 3 at Chavez Ravine on Tuesday night.
Chicago had to like their chances with ace Jake Arrieta on the mound in Game 3 but it wasn’t meant to be as far as the Dodgers were concerned jumping on the Cy Young winner early leading the way for perhaps an “unlikely” LA win and with it 2-1 series lead in this best-of-7 NLCS.
Now with all the pressure on the Cubs, who were the picked by many to win it all, Chicago will hand the ball to long-time veteran right-hander John Lackey (0-0, 6.75 ERA), who leads all active pitchers with 21 postseason starts. In 24 playoff appearances, Lackey is 8-5 with a 3.22 ERA.
And facing the Dodgers for the first time this season, Lackey is 6-3 in 12 regular-season games (11 starts) with a 1.75 ERA.
On the Dodger side of the ball, LA will put their faith in rookie southpaw Julio Urias (1-0, 0.00 ERA), the teenage sensation who took the Dodgers by storm this season and recorded a victory in the NLDS.
In just his second major league start against the Cubs this season, Urias was roughed up in Chicago allowing six runs (five earned) on five innings of work, but bounced back on August 27 in LA to capture the win over Chicago.
We know that Lackey will be able to handle to pressure of a big-time game, but how will the 20-year old fare in what will be a pressure-packed contest? For betting purposes, we still await the complete lines of this CHC vs. LAD matchup, but one has to think the Cubs may have the slight edge?
However, liking the confidence level the Dodgers are playing at right now, I will favor and pick the Dodgers in a moneyline (ML) victory over Chicago to take a 3-1 series advantage.