MLB - Tue 27/08/2013 - 19:08 EDT

Los Angeles vs. Chicago MLB National League Handicapping Call

Undeniably the hottest team in Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers (77-54) look to build on their huge National League West division lead as they play the second of two games against the Chicago Cubs.

Los Angeles is 30-7 since the All-Star break while the Cubs are 13-25 over that same time frame. First pitch flies at 10:10 PM ET on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, from Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Looking to pad their NL West lead

Somewhat quietly, the Los Angeles Dodgers are on one of the hottest rolls in recent MLB history. Left for dead, when they were 8.5 games out of first place in the National League West on July 2, 2013, the Dodgers have won 54 of their past 76 games. RHP Clayton Kershaw (13-7 ERA 1.72) is 8-2 over his last eleven starts and the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner has given up just 12 earned runs, on 47 hits over 85 innings pitched, while striking out 77 batters – simply amazing!

Chicago Cubs: Lovable losers playing out the string on a lost MLB season

Losers of 21 of their past 28 contests, Chicago sits dead last in the National League Central and their MLB postseason elimination number sits at ten. Offense has been a huge issue for Chicago this season as the Cubs are tied for the second worst team batting average (.238) in the Majors. The Cubbies will also be the 11th MLB team to register 1,000 strikeouts this season as Chicago currently sits with 997 K’s. LHP Travis Wood (7-10 ERA 3.22) get the call for the Cubs tonight.

Dodgers vs. Cubs MLB Betting Prices and Sportsbook Review Game Day Prediction

Today we head to the online sportsbook at the wagering website for the prices on the Los Angeles vs. Chicago clash. As expected, the Dodgers are thick home chalk again tonight as the Sportsbook bookmakers have posted Big Blue as -1.5 (-152) favorites on the run line and -357 on the money line. The Cubs are road pups at +1.5 (+132) ATS and +277 S/U while the game total is set at a meager six runs. We’ll load up on Kershaw and the Dodgers at -1.5 (-152) ATS.

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