Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs 7/7/22 MLB Picks, Predictions, Odds

Chicago Cubs (34-48) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (51-29)
July 7, 2022 10:10 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -275 / Chicago Cubs +245; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet in MLB action from Dodger Stadium on Thursday night.

The Chicago Cubs will look to build off of their series win over the Milwaukee Brewers after a 2-1 win in Wednesday’s rubber match last time out. Willson Contreras has 71 hits, 13 home runs and a .274 batting average while Patrick Wisdom also has 17 home runs, 45 RBIs and 16 doubles on the year. Ian Happ also has a team-high 78 hits with 21 doubles of his own and a .279 batting average as well on the year. Mark Leiter Jr. will get the start here and is 2-2 with a 4.85 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will hope to keep their momentum going after a low-scoring battle with the Rockies late Wednesday. Freddie Freeman has 96 hits with a .301 batting average while Justin Turner has 44 RBIs and 20 doubles. Trea Turner also has 99 hits with 20 doubles, a .306 batting average and a team-high 59 RBIs. Freeman also has 25 doubles to lead the Dodgers while Mookie Betts has 72 hits, 18 home runs and a .276 batting average. Tony Gonsolin will get the start here and is 10-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season.

Chicago is 4-10 in their last 14 road games and 28-58 in their last 86 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against the NL West. Los Angeles is 53-18 in their last 71 home games and 49-20 in their last 69 games against the NL Central while the under is 8-2-2 in their last 12 games overall.

I get the case to be made either way in this one, but I’m leaning towards the Dodgers here. Gonsolin’s just been so good and while the run can’t last forever, I think he’s just one of those guys that you have to ride until the hot hand stops paying, especially when he’s at home. I’ll side with LA -1.5 to try to get the price down here.

Chris Ruffolo’s Free Pick:

Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5

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