If this were a boxing betting matchup, Los Angeles would be the streaking heavyweight who pummels all comers, while Chicago is the slumping fighter trying to keep themselves in the championship hunt. The two will set off a four-game series at Wrigley Field on Thursday, and baseball odds will be very close, given what the Dodgers did in Chicago in last year’s playoffs.
Dodgers vs Cubs odds – Thursday, May 28, 8:05 PM ET
Randy Wolf (2-1, 3.02) racked up his seventh no-decision in 5-4 win over the Angels at home, allowing four runs on 10 hits over 6.1 innings, striking out four with no walks. Wolf is quietly putting together a solid season, ranking tenth in the National League in both ERA and WHIP, but all seven of his no-decisions have come by two runs or less. His 15 starts against the Cubs have yielded less-than-impressive results as he is 3-7 with an ERA of 4.71.
Randy Wells (0-1, 1.50) took a loss in his first decision of the year in three starts, allowing three runs on five hits over seven innings of a 3-1 loss at San Diego, along with seven strikeouts and no walks. This is the 26-year-old righthander’s first full season as a starter in the big leagues, providing he stays up, and he’s done pretty well so far, but he hasn’t been getting very much run support from a Cubs team that was supposed to be one of the most offensively-gifted teams in all of baseball.
Baseball odds will probably favor the Cubs at home, but the Dodgers have split their last 10 trips to Wrigley Field, and they destroyed Chicago in their own stadium in last year’s NLDS en route to a three-game sweep, outscoring the Cubs 17-5. Strangely, all three of Wolf’s decisions have come on the road, where he has a 2.87 ERA and is holding the opposition to a .211 batting average. Wells is still finding his feet in the majors, and he’s facing the team with the highest amount of runs scored in the National League. Unless the Cubs can find offense in a hurry, it could be a long night for their young pitcher.
Baseball odds pick: Los Angeles