The Cubs and Dodgers continue their four-game set at Chavez Ravine. The teams are 2-2 this season and the Chicago is looking to gain a mental edge should they meet again in October.
It’s the second showdown of the last three National League champions, with this one at Los Angeles. The Dodgers won the opener Thursday are a looking to build further. Manager Dave Roberts squad is the best team and bet in the senior circuit and is trying to be the first NL club since St. Louis way back in 1942-44 to make three straight Fall Classic appearances.
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The Cubs broke their infamous World Series streak almost three years ago and still has their core players from that group and is attempting to make another run this season. L.A. is clearly better at this point, but you don’t make the World Series winning in June.
The MLB odds have the Dodgers as -140 home favorites, as former Cub Rich Hill (3-1, 2.40 ERA) battles with Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 3.00).
Cubs Tactics Tonight
For those on Joe Maddon’s lineup card tonight, they must be aggressive yet selective. Hill has a wide variety of curveballs he uses, from sharp breakers that roll off the proverbial table to “Uncle Charley”, which has a break from 12 to 6 like on a clock. Hill also expertly changes speeds to keep hitters off-balance and mixes in a 90 MPH fastball that look like 100 after the other pitches.