Cubs Look to Narrow Series Deficit vs. Dodgers as NLCS Game 3 Odds Favorite.

Cubs Look to Narrow Series Deficit vs. Dodgers as NLCS Game 3 Odds Favorite

Written by on October 16, 2017

The Chicago Cubs will look to narrow their 2-0 series deficit against the Los Angeles Dodgers when they host their streaking foes in Game 3 of the 2017 NLCS on Tuesday night. The Cubs will hand the ball to veteran right-hander Kyle Hendricks while L.A. counters with star right-hander Yu Darvish. With their backs almost completely up against the wall, but the NLCS Game 3 Odds by their side, let’s find out if the Cubs (-120) can hand the Dodgers their first loss of the postseason.

LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs NLCS Game 3 Odds & Betting Preview

  • When: Tuesday, October 17, 9:00 PM EDT
  • Where: Wrigley Field
  • TV: TBS
  • Radio: 670 The Score, 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020, KMPC 1540, ESPN Radio
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  • NLCS Game 3 Odds: Chicago Cubs -120

Yankees Host the Astros with the ALCS Game 3 Odds by their side

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 15°C/59°F
  • Humidity: 56%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 0%
  • Wind: 11 mph SSW
  • Stadium Type: Open

Probable Pitchers

Los Angeles – Yu Darvish – R – (1-0, 1.80 ERA) Darvish turned in five strong innings vs. the D-backs in NLDS Game 3, allowing one run on two hits, walking none and striking out seven. He’s faced the Cubs once, allowing two runs over 4 1/3 innings on July 16, 2016, while a member of the Rangers. Chicago – Kyle Hendricks – R – (1-0, 3.27 ERA) Hendricks excelled over seven scoreless innings vs. the Nats in NLDS Game 1 but gave up four runs on nine hits in four innings in NLDS Game 5. The righty tossed 7 1/3 scoreless frames vs. L.A. in the Cubs’ pennant-clinching NLCS Game 6 win in ’16.

Why consider the Dodgers NLCS Game 3 Odds?

The Dodgers won Game 1 by the score of 5-2 and Game 2 by a 4-1 margin and still hasn’t lost this postseason. Making matters worse is the fact that the Cubs will have to get past outstanding starter Yu Darvish in Game 3. the former Texas Rangers staff ace took the mound to help L.A. clinch Game 3 of the NL Division Series against Arizona by limiting the D-Backs to one run on two hits in five innings while striking out seven, and, perhaps most important, not walking a batter. “I know that over the course of the last four starts, he’s thrown the baseball really well, and I know he’s comfortable with the information, with his mechanics, with Rick [Honeycutt] as a pitching coach,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I know he’s comfortable. So all I can speak to is right now, at this moment, he’s in as good of a place as I think he’s ever been in.” Hendricks has been pretty solid recently, too. The Dodgers got the win in Game 2 on Justin Turner’s walk-off three-run home run, moving to within two wins of playing in the franchise’s first Fall Classic since 1988. “We have an opportunity to bring a championship back to L.A.,” Turner said. “And like I said, it’s been a long time.” The Dodgers are winning games despite not having gifted shortstop Corey Seager, who is sitting out this NLCS because of back issues. “The guys on this team that has had success in the past and will continue to … [they] tell you how hard this game is and it will humble you the next day,” Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger said. “So I try to treat every day like it’s my last.”

Team Statistics

  • Runs: 4.78
  • Hits: 8.34
  • Walks: 4.06
  • Strike Outs: 8.50
  • Runs: 3.56
  • Hits: 7.49
  • Walks: 2.70
  • Strike Outs: 9.57

Why consider the Cubs NLCS Game 3 Odds?

Chicago is hoping for a great performance from veteran right-hander Kyle Hendricks although he got touched up for four runs on a whopping nine hits in just four innings against Washington in Game 5 of their NLDS series the previous round. Hendricks however, was phenomenal in Game 1 of Chicago’s NLDS win over the Nationals, pitching seven shutout innings and giving up two hits while striking out six. “These are our guys, and I have a lot of faith in our guys,” Maddon said. “I have to keep putting them out there in the situations they’re supposed to be in, and you believe it’s going to work out right. “If you believe it, you have a much better chance of it occurring.” Back at home, the Cubs are the NLCS Game 3 Odds favorite. The defending World Series champs say they won’t roll over easily against the Dodgers, if at all. “I know we’ll be fine,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said after the game Sunday. “We’ll get a good day’s rest tomorrow. We’ll come out and play our game. On Tuesday we’ve got Kyle going, which is good for us. They have a good pitcher also. But, listen, we lost two tough games here, very difficult games. I thought we represented ourselves well.”

Team Statistics

  • Runs: 4.98
  • Hits: 8.51
  • Walks: 3.80
  • Strike Outs: 8.72
  • Runs: 4.28
  • Hits: 7.89
  • Walks: 3.50
  • Strike Outs: 8.83

Latest Betting Trends for NLCS Game 3

  • Cubs are 18-7 SU in their last 25 games
  • Cubs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games
  • Dodgers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers’s last 6 games

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

I know the Cubs are playing at home in game 3, but I just don’t see them getting to Yu Darvish no matter where this game takes place. Los Angeles has gone an absolutely insane 74-33 in their last 107 games and 7-1 in their last eight games against a right-handed starter while the Cubs have gone 2-5 in their last seven games against teams from the NL West and an uninspiring 4-11 in their last 15 League Championship games overall. This season, Los Angeles has gotten some stupendous pitching and it is that kind of pitching that I expect to get them one more step closer to the 2017 World Series by winning Game 3 even on the road. Score: L.A. 5 Chicago 2
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