The best series in baseball this week will take place in Los Angeles as the Dodgers are set to host the Chicago Cubs. This four-game series will kick off on Thursday night, and there will be a postseason feel to it. The Dodgers and Cubs have met in the NLCS in two of the last three seasons, and this could be the case again this season.
Chicago comes into this game having taken just one out of three games from the Colorado Rockies. The Cubs are 38-29 on the season and are a half-game out of first place in the National League Central Division. The Dodgers have actually lost two straight games, but that is extremely rare for this team. Los Angeles leads the National League with a record of 45-23 and has been dominant at home. The Los Angeles Dodgers are -185 over the Chicago Cubs in the series opener.
Dodgers Will Be Without Seager
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without shortstop Corey Seager for close to two months after he suffered a grade two hamstring strain. Seager was hitting .278 with eight home runs on the season, but the Dodgers have plenty of other stars in their lineup. First baseman Cody Bellinger leads the team with a .352 batting average to go along with 20 home runs and 54 runs batted in. The Dodgers have belted 104 home runs as a team this season.
Clayton Kershaw might be on the downward spiral of his Hall of Fame career, but he is still pitching extremely well for the Dodgers. Kershaw will make the start on Thursday night and comes into this game with a 5-1 record to go along with a 3.00 earned run average. The Cubs have hit Kershaw pretty well in the past, but he has been terrific this season.
Schwarber Heating Up For Cubs
Kyle Schwarber has been re-inserted into the leadoff spot for the Chicago Cubs, and he is hitting the ball extremely well. Schwarber blasted a three-run homer on Wednesday afternoon, his 14th of the season. The Cubs have actually hit 108 home runs this season, and five different players have hit at least 13 of them. Javier Baez leads the team with a .297 batting average and has blossomed into one of the best players in baseball. The Cubs offense has the potential to be great.
Cubs ace Jon Lester will be on the mound in this game and will be looking to go pitch for pitch with Kershaw. Lester has been solid this season and brings a 5-4 record with a 3.56 earned run average into this game. The veteran has won his last two starts, but he will have his hands full with this Dodgers offense. The Cubs have a leaky bullpen, so an early lead isn’t necessarily always a sure thing.
Dodgers Win Series Opener
This should be a terrific weekend of baseball in Los Angeles, and there will be great pitching matchups in each of the four games. Los Angeles will be missing a key player, but they have plenty of talent to make up for the loss of Seager. The Cubs have struggled on the road all season, and that trend will continue. Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -185 over the Chicago Cubs.
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