Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 10/19/2016 NLCS Prediction

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Updated: October 18, 2016

2016 NLCS – Dodgers Lead 2-1 Chicago Cubs (1-2) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1)

Game Time: Wednesday October 19, 8:08PM ET, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Lines: Chicago -102; Los Angeles -108

The Dodgers are almost playing with house money right now and they’re loving every second of it. Los Angeles has taken a 2-1 lead over the Cubs and will look to take a 3-1 commanding lead here on Wednesday night in Game 4.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles was given almost no chance heading into this series and now after stealing one in Chicago and taking Game 3, they’re set up with a chance to take a commanding lead here on Wednesday night. The Dodgers come in off a 6-0 victory as Rich Hill held the Cubs scoreless, while Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner both took Arrieta deep in the win.

Dodgers pitching continues to be lockdown as that was their 2nd straight shutout victory over one of the best offenses in baseball. Los Angeles will send out a rookie here in Julio Urias, who is just 20 years old and made his way to the majors in May.

Urias went 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA in the regular season and has a pair of starts against Chicago under his belt. One start saw him get shelled for 6 runs, the other saw him allow just 1 run.

Chicago Cubs

Chicago had one of the most prolific offenses in the major leagues this season and even in the NLDS. However, the Dodgers pitching staff has completely silenced the bats over the last 2 games and now the Cubs find themselves in unfamiliar territory with their backs against the wall.The Cubs big hitters such as Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo have to find a way to step up here. Zobrist is 1 for 10 in this series and just 4 for 26 in the postseason.

Rizzo meanwhile is 1 for 11 in the series and 2 for 26 this postseason. Chicago will send out RH John Lackey, who has plenty of postseason experience to work with.

Lackey will be making his 25th postseason appearance, which is just what the Cubs need. A veteran who has been here before and knows when his team needs a big start. Lackey lasted just 4.0 innings in the NLDS against the Giants, allowing 3 runs.

TRENDS 

  • Dodgers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central.
  • Cubs are 4-0 in their last 5 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
  • Cubs are 9-2 in their last 11 Wednesday games.

This is a nice spot for the Cubs with Lackey on the hill. He’s a veteran who has been in plenty of high pressured situations and this is one spot where he can be that leader and step up.

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