Preview: Cubs at Dodgers

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GAME: Chicago Cubs (46-62) at Los Angeles Dodgers (62-48)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 02 - 9:10 PM EST
WHERE: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
LINE: 176, -192 TOTAL: 7


The Los Angeles Dodgers look to bounce back from one of their worst efforts of the season on Saturday when they continue their three-game series against the visiting Chicago Cubs, who have won four of their last five. The Dodgers saw their lead over second-place San Francisco cut to 2 1/2 games in the National League West on Friday when they were held to four singles in an ugly 8-2 loss. First baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games for Chicago, which is seeking its first series win at Dodger Stadium since May 2-4, 2011.

Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (bruised right knee) and outfielder Yasiel Puig (mild left hamstring soreness) are listed as day-to-day after both left Friday’s loss for precautionary reasons, but the prognosis is not as optimistic for left-hander Paul Maholm. The veteran reliever exited with a right knee injury after covering first base in the seventh inning and is awaiting the results of an MRI. The Dodgers have won nine of their last 11 meetings against the Cubs, who are eager to improve on July’s 10-16 record.

TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, CSN (Chicago), SNLA (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 3.44)

Wada recorded his first major league victory while limiting Colorado to one run over seven innings Monday. “He executed pitches, got some big outs when he needed to and got out of traffic that developed late,” manager Rick Renteria told reporters. The 33-year-old went 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) for Triple-A Iowa before allowing one unearned run in five innings against Cincinnati in his major league debut July 8.

Ryu has worked with teammates Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett to improve his slider and curveball, and the results have been outstanding. The 27-year-old has gone 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA while recording a total of 22 strikeouts over his last three starts. Ryu, who has issued a total of four walks in his last five starts, allowed two runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings in his only previous start against the Cubs on Aug. 2, 2013.

WALK-OFFS

1. 2B Dee Gordon became the third-fastest player in Dodgers history to record 50 steals in a season Friday.

2. The Cubs purchased the contract of INF Chris Valaika from Triple-A Iowa.

3. The Dodgers are 2-39 when trailing after six innings.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 6, Cubs 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Chi. Cubs 46-62 W2 25-27 21-35 14-14 17-30 10-12 5-6
LA Dodgers 62-48 L1 28-25 34-23 12-10 10-12 32-18 8-8

Last Meeting

Chi. Cubs LA Dodgers
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/1/14 CHC 8 LA 2 .342 1 .869 .129 0 .285

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CHC K. Hendricks .667 2 1.333
LA D. Gordon .250 1 .500
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CHC L. Valbuena 1 1 2
LA D. Gordon 0 1 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
CHC 1.00 .342 6
LA 7.00 .129 7
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CHC A. Rizzo .286 114 .909
LA Y. Puig .319 120 .956
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CHC A. Rizzo 25 74 59
LA A. Gonzalez 15 53 71
Pitching ERA Avg K
CHC 3.84 .240 905
LA 3.35 .258 927

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-120
7
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu -186
179
-110
7
CarbonSports
-110
-110
-120
7
GTBets.eu -189 169
-115
7
Top Bet -200 170
-120
7
SBO.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDSI -200 170
-120
7
Sportsbook -110 -110
-120
7
BookMaker.eu -200 170
-120
7
Vegas Odds
LVH -180 165
-105
7
Mirage -200 170
-100
7
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Chi. Cubs Overall LA Dodgers
46-62 W/L 62-48
55-53 RL W/L 53-57
56-47-5 O/U 51-53-6
3.89 Runs For 4.15
4.26 Runs Against 3.66
Chi. Cubs A/H LA Dodgers
21-35 W/L 28-25
30-26 RL W/L 21-32
28-23-5 O/U 30-20-3
3.80 Runs For 3.77
4.38 Runs Against 3.64