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NLCS Game 4: Dodgers Look to Sweep Cubs

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Dodgers Look to Cement 1st World Series Trip Since 1998

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs tee it up on Wednesday Night in Game 4 of the NLCS. They meet at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs are trying to stave off elimination, and being swept out of the playoffs. First pitch is set for 9:08 pm EST. TBS will televise the game nationally.

The Cubs erased a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 World Series to capture their first championship since 1908. If they are to return to the Fall Classic, they will have to pull off a comeback that has been accomplished by just once in baseball history. The Boston Red Sox pulled off the feat in the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees.

The Dodgers are just a victory away from their first World Series appearance since 1988. That was the Kirk Gibson Miracle. The epic home-run off of Dennis Eckersley.

Oddsmakers have the Cubs as -108-moneyline favorites. The total is sitting at 9.5.

Alex Wood is on the Hill for the Dodgers

The Dodgers will give the ball to starter Alex Wood in this one. Left hander Wood is 16-3 this season with a 2.72 ERA. Alex Wood has not pitched since Sept. 26. Rust could be a problem for the talented left. Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher in more than a century to win his first 11 decisions.

Wood has made four postseason appearances, all in relief. He faced the Cubs twice this season. Wood allowed two runs  in 3 2/3 innings of a no-decision at Wrigley on April 10. He blanked Chicago on two hits over five innings to earn the win on May 26.

Cubs Turn to Arrieta to Hold off Dodgers

The Cubs will counter Wood with Jake Arrieta. Right hander Arrieta has a 3.45 ERA to go along with a 14-11 record this season.

Arrieta is just 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers. They beat him in his only start against Los Angeles this season. Given the reality of the must-win game, Arrieta knows how much a solid outing on Wednesday could help the Cubs win.

The Cubs struggled to score runs in Tuesday nights 6-1 loss. They couldn’t manage anything more than Kyle Schwarber’s first-inning solo home run. With their season on the line, they hope their bats can catch fire.

 

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Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
LA Dodgers 110-58 $207.00 36-15 74-43 106-54 3-4 80-82-6 1.25
Chi Cubs 95-75 -$839.00 22-17 73-58 82-62 13-12 76-84-10 0.67
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
A Wood (16-3) ERA: 2.72
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 26, 2017 SD W 9-2 O 6 $43.00
Sep 20, 2017 PHI L 5-7 O 6 -$100.00
Sep 15, 2017 WSH W 7-0 U 6 $68.00

J Arrieta (14-11) ERA: 3.45

event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 11, 2017 WSH L 0-5 U 4 -$100.00
Sep 26, 2017 STL L 7-8 O 3 -$100.00
Sep 21, 2017 MIL W 5-3 U 5 $74.00

Bullpen

LA Dodgers’s relievers have pitched 10.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Chi Cubs’s relievers have pitched 11 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent
Los Angeles Dodgers – A Wood
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
May 26, 2017 4-0 LA 5 2 0 0 2 8 Win
Apr 10, 2017 3-2 CHC 3.2 3 2 1 5 4 No Decision
May 30, 2016 2-0 CHC 5 7 2 2 3 7 Loss
Aug 30, 2015 2-0 CHC 6 8 2 2 1 7 Loss
Jul 11, 2014 5-4 CHC 5.1 5 4 4 3 6 No Decision
Chicago Cubs – J Arrieta
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
May 26, 2017 4-0 LA 6 5 4 4 1 9 Loss
Oct 18, 2016 6-0 LA 5 6 4 4 0 5 Loss
May 31, 2016 5-0 LA 7 2 0 0 4 8 No Decision
Aug 30, 2015 2-0 CHC 9 0 0 0 1 12 Win
Aug 26, 2013 6-2 LA 5 6 4 4 5 3 Loss

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 4.79 12 4.29 7
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.59 13 4.54 15
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 4.96 8 3.54 2
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 5.23 5 3.80 2

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Oct 17, 2017 LA 6 CHC 1 -108 8.5 U Yu Darvish (R) Kyle Hendricks (R) 9 8 5 2 8 11
Oct 15, 2017 CHC 1 LA 4 -154 7.5 U Jon Lester (L) Rich Hill (L) 3 5 1 9 12 6
Oct 14, 2017 CHC 2 LA 5 O Jose Quintana (L) Clayton Kershaw (L) 4 8 1 4 9 6
May 28, 2017 CHC 4 LA 9 -160 6.5 O Jon Lester (L) Clayton Kershaw (L) 11 11 3 5 12 10
May 27, 2017 CHC 0 LA 5 -116 7.5 U John Lackey (R) Brandon McCarthy (R) 3 6 1 6 8 11
May 26, 2017 CHC 0 LA 4 -136 7 U Jake Arrieta (R) Alex Wood (L) 2 5 3 3 10 12
Apr 13, 2017 LA 0 CHC 4 -120 7.5 U Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) Brett Anderson (L) 6 8 4 4 5 9
Apr 12, 2017 LA 2 CHC 0 -122 7 U Brandon McCarthy (R) John Lackey (R) 5 5 6 3 14 9
Apr 10, 2017 LA 2 CHC 3 -151 7.5 U Alex Wood (L) Jon Lester (L) 6 6 3 7 10 10
Oct 22, 2016 LA 0 CHC 5 116 6.5 U Clayton Kershaw (L) Kyle Hendricks (R) 2 7 1 0 7 8

NLCS Betting Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Los Angeles Dodgers

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 110-58 61-24 49-34 106-53 5-5 80-82-5 36-15 74-43
Last 10 9-1 5-0 4-1 8-1 1-0 3-6 5-0 4-1
vs Div 44-35 25-15 19-20 44-35 1-0 41-37-1 23-11 21-24
vs AL 16-4 9-1 7-3 15-4 1-0 9-9-2 3-0 13-4
vs NL 94-54 52-23 42-31 91-49 4-5 71-73-3 33-15 61-39

Chicago Cubs

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 95-75 49-35 46-40 82-59 13-15 76-84-9 22-17 73-58
Last 10 4-6 2-3 2-3 2-2 2-3 3-6 1-3 3-3
vs Div 46-30 22-15 24-15 40-28 6-2 37-37-2 4-3 42-27
vs AL 12-8 5-5 7-3 10-6 2-2 11-7-2 4-4 8-4
vs NL 83-67 44-30 39-37 72-53 11-13 65-77-7 18-13 65-54
Team Last 5 Games

Los Angeles Dodgers

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 17, 2017 CHC 6-1 W -102 8.5 Y Darvish 6.1 K Hendricks A
Oct 15, 2017 CHC 4-1 W -154 7.5 R Hill 5 J Lester H
Oct 14, 2017 CHC 5-2 W C Kershaw 5 J Quintana H
Oct 9, 2017 ARI 3-1 W -115 9 Y Darvish 5 Z Greinke A
Oct 7, 2017 ARI 8-5 W -142 8 R Hill 4 Robbie Ray H

Chicago Cubs

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 17, 2017 LA 1-6 L -108 8.5 K Hendricks 5 Y Darvish H
Oct 15, 2017 LA 1-4 L 144 7.5 J Lester 4.2 R Hill A
Oct 14, 2017 LA 2-5 L J Quintana 5 C Kershaw A
Oct 12, 2017 WSH 9-8 W -118 7.5 K Hendricks 4 G Gonzalez A
Oct 11, 2017 WSH 0-5 L -104 7 J Arrieta 4 S Strasburg H

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