The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are set to face off on Sunday night in what should be an intriguing pitching matchup. Currently, most sportsbooks have the Dodgers as the favorites at -1.5.
Head-to-head, the Cubs and Dodgers have had some tremendous competition. Los Angeles is 46-21 as the favorite. With Chicago holding a 3-15 record as the underdog, they are certainly in for a challenge. Los Angeles boasts a 20-14 record ATS home while Chicago has a 15-19 record ATS away.
Quintana looks to snap his streak
Cubs pitcher José Quintana is on a streak, and it is not a positive one. He has lost his last five decisions, with his last win coming on May 5. Simply put, it has been a long time since he last won a game.
However, he pitched a solid game his last time out. In 4 2/3 innings of work, he gave up five hits and three runs while striking out three. Although it was not the best pitching line of his career, he got the job done.
Against a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers, he will have to focus on getting ahead in counts and making sure he locates his pitches as well. Failure to do so will result in a poor outing.
Ryu set to give Cubs a challenge
Hyun-Jin Ryu has had a great season, and he looks to continue that on Sunday. He is looking to avoid losing back-to-back starts for the first time since April.
In his last start, he did not fare so well. In six innings of work against the Los Angeles Angels, he gave up seven hits and an earned run while striking out six batters. That does not seem like a bad pitching line, except for the fact that he took the loss in that one.
He will have to continue his dominance against a Cubs lineup that is starting to find their stride after a slow start to the season. He will have to be selective with what pitches he throws and not fall behind in the count.
Dodgers should give Quintana trouble
A.J. Pollock is a hitter that Quintana will have to watch out for in the Dodgers’ lineup. In nine at-bats against Quintana, he has three hits and a run batted in. That equals a. 333 batting average.
David Freese is another player who has had success against Quintana in a large sample size. In 13 at-bats, he has four hits and four walks to his credit. That averages out to a. 308 batting average. This lineup can give him trouble, and he has to be careful on how to pitch him.
I would take Los Angeles in this matchup. They have the firepower on offense and a very streaky pitcher right now in Ryu. This should be a tight game, but it’s one I see the Dodgers overcoming. To me, this is a game that should feature little offense and focus primarily on the pitching matchup. Take the Dodgers at -1.5 in this one.