The Dodgers and Cubs are off series against their most bitter rivals as they get ready to meet on Monday evening. Though this is not a rivalry per se, there is an undercurrent with these two clubs.
The last two years, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs have played for the National League pennant and the winner has gone to the World Series. Fans of the teams are not going to make a bigger deal about this series, but for the players, this is more personal from a competitive point of view and it will definitely mean something to them.
In the series opener, the MLB odds have the Cubs as -111 home favorites with the total to be determined by the unpredictable Chicago weather.
Here is what you should be focusing on.
When you mention the names Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.61 ERA) and Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 4.12), to baseball bettors or fans of the teams they play for, they are most uncomfortably in their chairs. With these two scheduled to pitch, it seems almost anything is possible. Maeda has made one start since coming off the DL with a hip issue. Because of his assortment of pitches and speeds, he sometimes experiments too much and doesn’t stick to his strengths or what is working that day. When he sticks to his top stuff, Maeda can be very good for five or six innings.