Chicago Cubs versus Los Angeles Dodgers (June 14)
Two of the top teams in the National League battle this weekend as the Cubs take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to pitch on Friday for the Cubs and Rich Hill is set to pitch for the Dodgers.
Offensively, the Cubs have hit 108 home runs and are averaging 5.3 runs per game.
Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo are tied for the team lead in home runs…
with 17 and Rizzo is one up on Baez (47 to 46) for club lead in RBI.
Kyle Schwarber has added 14 home runs to the power surger…
while Wilson Contreras and Kris Bryant have chipped in with 13 each.
The Dodgers have nearly as potent an attack, having hit 104 home runs, averaging 5.2 runs per contest.
Cody Bellinger is having an MVP-type season so far, hitting .352 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI.
Joc Pederson has hit 18 home runs, while Max Muncy has added 15.
On the mound, Kyle Hendricks is having another very productive season, posting a 7-4 record and an ERA of 3.00.
He’s struck out 74 and allowed only seven home runs in 84 innings. The bullpen for the Cubs has been inconsistent.
Tyler Chatwood has a 3.60 ERA in 35 innings, which includes one start.
Brandon Kintzler and Steve Cishek have combined for 2.86 ERA in 56 2/3 innings.
Brad Brach has struggled in 26 1/3 innings, allowing 19 earned runs for an ERA of 6.49.
As a team, the Cubs have allowed 4.3 runs per game.
Rich Hill has pitched to a 2.40 ERA in 45 innings, striking out 52.
He has been hurt by the long ball, allowing a relatively high eight home runs.
Closer Kenley Jansen has 19 saves already and has struck out 37 in 26 2/3 innings.
Pedro Baez, Dylan Floro and Yimi Garcia have combined to post an ERA of 3.51 in 77 innings.
As a unit, the Dodgers have given up only 3.7 runs per game.
This is a battle against top pitching versus top hitting.
If going strictly on team scoring, betting over would be a sure thing.
If going strictly on the pitching staffs, betting under would be the way to go.
The feeling is that the Cubs will take advantage of Hill’s tendency to give up the long ball.
They will surpass their average run total. The Dodgers will be held barely under their average scoring production by Hendricks.
Take the “over” with the Cubs in a bit of an upset by a 7-4 or 7-5 margin.