MLB Picks: Chicago Cubs Familiar Being Down 3-1
The Cubs remember this feeling from last year's World Series. Being down 3-1 to the Indians, no one thought they had it in them to win three straight and go on to be champions. In fact, they play best with their backs against the wall.
Will they be able to surprise again and unleash their inner Cub?
We nailed Wednesday yet again, giving you the Cubs to win and avoid the sweep. We expected a bit more offense from them, but they got the job done in what we knew would be a close game. In the American League, we also got the Yankees play. Our currect record is 19-5, so hop on board if you want even more winners. The World Series is about to start!
Because Kershaw is starting for Los Angeles, the books opened with the Cubs are moderate dogs at home. The line has moved a bit towards the Dodgers.
We hinted at it on Wednesday, but we projected the Cubs to win and then finally fold tonight, so that is what we're going with for Game 5.
Last night's close game took everything out of Chicago. Wade Davis, their top reliever won't be available, while Los Angeles has Jansen fully rested.
The Cubs' hitters aren't as consistent and the rest of their bullpen isn't anything special. Quintana will have a great outing, but look for him to make a mistake or two that will take the Cubs out of it. He'll either suffer a tough luck loss here from no run support, or get a no-decision in a Cubs loss. It looks like the Dodgers are getting an extended rest before the World Series.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers (-165) at Sports Interaction
Dodgers vs Cubs NLCS Game 5
The NL West champs hadn't trailed after the 5th inning in their entire postseason until last night. They did score two runs, keeping it a close game, but are confident in getting a win here behind their number one pitcher. And a rested Kenley Jansen will be waiting as well.
Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 4.76 ERA) is notorious for his subpar postseason record. At only 5-7 with a 4.57 ERA in 20 postseason appearances, 16 of which were starts, it's a clear contrast to his regular season record of 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 2017. The lefty has been fairly average, winning the NLCS opener against the Cubs on Saturday, allowing two runs in five innings for a no-decision.
The Chicago Cubs are still at Wrigley Field for Game 5, so if they can make some magic happen, maybe they can gain the momentum for when... or if... the series moves back to the West Coast. The Cubs offense has been contained to big bats only, as all seven of their runs have come via the long ball in this series. Javier Baez and Wilson Contreras contributed to that in Wednesday's game, launching three homers between them to get the defending champs the unlikely win. They'll hope to continue that trend tonight.
Jose Quintana (0-0, 1.59) faces the Dodgers for the second time this postseason, and despite the Cubs losing that game, Quintana got the no-decision, and has otherwise been playing great. In this three appearances, two starts, in his first playoff games, the lefty allowed just three runs, two of which were earned, in 11.1 innings.
Quintana is undefeated at Wrigley Field this season, going 5-0 with a 4.76 ERA in eight outings.
The Cubs just might have a chance under different circumstances, but last night surely drained them.
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