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NLCS Game 1: Dodgers Host Cubs in Rematch of 2016

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Dodgers Looking for Revengs in NLCS

The 2017 NLCS has the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet in a rematch of last years battle. The first pitch is set for 8:08 pm EST. TBS will televise the game.

The Dodgers are working on a 29-year dry spell of their own. They haven’t even been to the World Series since their underdog team upset the mighty Oakland Athletics for their last title. That year was 1988 and the miracle shot from Kirk Gibson. They have made 10 postseason appearances since and have come up empty each time.

Oddsmakers have the Dodgers as a -200-moneyline favorite. The total is at 7.

Dodgers Have Rested Kershaw

The Dodgers will enter the NLCS with a well-rested Clayton Kershaw. He is starting Game 1. Kershaw will be followed by Rich Hill, Yu Darvish and Alex Wood.

Kershaw having plenty of rest before a playoff series is a rare. He did not pitch until Game 2 of the 2016 NLCS. That was after getting the save in the deciding victory of the NLDS. He returned to the mound again in Game 6 of the 2016 NLCS. He appeared tired and vulnerable as the Cubs pounced.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was limited in recent days with a sore back. The team announced Saturday that Seager was left off the 25-man NLCS roster due to the injury.

Dodgers went 52-9 at one stretch this season. They also went 1-16 late in the year. It appeared to be a collective exhale. A three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS has the Dodgers looking more like the team that dominated most of the season.

Cubs Ready for NLCS After Travel Issues

Chicago’s plane had a travel issue while flying overnight to Los Angeles early Friday. The plane was diverted to Albuquerque when a family member of somebody on the charter flight fell ill. The pilots then had to go off duty because of accumulated flight time. The Cubs finally arrived hotel at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Quintana went 7-3 with a 3.74 ERA with the Cubs after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox. He threw 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals in Game 3 of the NLDS. He allowed one unearned run on two hits. Quintana recorded two outs and threw 12 pitches in the Game 5 clincher on Thursday night.

The Cubs had their woes during a sluggish first half of the season. They scored more runs than anybody in the NL since the All-Star break after a huge turnaround. Their OPS was best in the league as well. Only one NL team hit more home runs in the second half.

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Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Chi Cubs 95-72 -$639.00 22-15 73-57 82-61 13-11 76-82-9 0.74
LA Dodgers 107-58 $44.00 34-15 73-43 104-54 3-4 80-80-5 1.21
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
C Kershaw (19-4) ERA: 2.43
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 6, 2017 ARI W 9-5 O 6.1 $40.00
Sep 30, 2017 COL W 5-3 U 4 $48.00
Sep 24, 2017 SF W 3-1 U 8 $28.00
Bullpen
Chi Cubs’s relievers have pitched 13.1 innings in the last 3 games.
LA Dodgers’s relievers have pitched 11.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
No Recent Starts vs. Opponent.
Los Angeles Dodgers – C Kershaw
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
May 28, 2017 9-4 LA 4.1 11 4 4 2 6 No Decision
Oct 22, 2016 5-0 CHC 5 7 5 4 0 4 Loss
Oct 16, 2016 1-0 LA 7 2 0 0 1 6 Win
Aug 28, 2015 4-1 LA 8 3 1 1 1 14 Win
Jun 22, 2015 4-2 CHC 7 4 3 3 2 9 Loss

NLCS Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 5.02 6 3.58 2
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.77 10 3.34 1
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 4.79 12 4.28 7
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 5.00 11 4.05 6

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
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
Oct 20, 2016 CHC 8 LA 4 148 7 O Jon Lester (L) Kenta Maeda (R) 13 9 4 2 9 6
Oct 19, 2016 CHC 10 LA 2 -109 7 O John Lackey (R) Julio Urias (L) 13 6 3 5 8 8
Oct 18, 2016 CHC 0 LA 6 -112 6.5 U Jake Arrieta (R) Rich Hill (L) 4 10 2 1 10 8

NLCS Betting Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Chicago Cubs

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 95-72 49-34 46-38 82-58 13-14 76-82-9 22-15 73-57
Last 10 7-3 3-2 4-1 3-1 4-2 4-6 1-1 6-2
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 83-64 44-29 39-35 72-52 11-12 65-75-7 18-11 65-53

Los Angeles Dodgers

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 107-58 59-24 48-34 104-53 4-5 80-80-5 34-15 73-43
Last 10 9-1 6-0 3-1 9-1 0-0 5-5 4-0 5-1
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 91-54 50-23 41-31 89-49 3-5 71-71-3 31-15 60-39
Team Last 5 Games

Chicago Cubs

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
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
Oct 9, 2017 WSH 2-1 W 100 7.5 J Quintana 5.2 M Scherzer H
Oct 7, 2017 WSH 3-6 L 108 8.5 J Lester 6 G Gonzalez A
Oct 6, 2017 WSH 3-0 W 135 7.5 K Hendricks 7 S Strasburg A

Los Angeles Dodgers

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
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
Oct 6, 2017 ARI 9-5 W -252 7.5 C Kershaw 6.1 T Walker H
Oct 1, 2017 COL 6-3 W -150 11 Ross Stripling 2 Kyle Freeland A
Sep 30, 2017 COL 5-3 W -210 9 C Kershaw 4 German Marquez A

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