MLB Free Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs - NLCS Game 5

It's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the series over the Chicago Cubs 3-1. The Dodgers can eliminate the defending champion with a win in Chicago on Thursday night. The Los Angeles Dodgers won the first three games of the series, but Chicago came away with a clutch Game 4 win on Wednesday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won 104 games in the regular season and hold home field advantage throughout the postseason. The Dodgers ran away with the National League West title by 11 games over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers went 47-34 when they played away from Los Angeles this season. The Dodgers eliminated the Diamondbacks in 3 in the National League Divisional Series, and are 6-1 this postseason.

The Chicago Cubs have struggled to hit this postseason, but still remain alive. The Cubs hit three solo homeruns in the win on Wednesday. The Cubs went 92-70 during the regular season, and won 48 out of 81 games in the regular season. Chicago went to 5 games in the National League Divisional Series, where they eliminated the Washington Nationals. The Los Angeles Dodgers are -160 over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday Night.

Cubs Seeking to Keep Swagger

While they scored just 3 runs in the win on Wednesday night, the Cubs appear to have some of their swagger back. Javier Baez and Willson Contreras hit solo homeruns. Baez went deep twice. The Cubs have not hit at all during the postseason, as Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have been been awful.

During the regular season, the Cubs emerged as one of the top offenses, with 822 runs scored and a .255 batting average. Kris Bryant will not win the Most Valuable Player award for the second straight season, but finished with a teamb-best .295 batting average. The Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been thrown ot of 2 of the 4 games thus far.

Dodgers Ready to Celebrate

The Los Angeles Dodgers are ready to celebrate, and they would love to do so before they fly back to Los Angeles. They are going back to L.A. either way, but not playing until the World Series would be ideal. The Dodgers offense scored 5 runs per game in the trio of wins, but just 2 in the loss Wednesday. Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger proved the runs with solo homeruns.

The Dodgers have one of the best bullpen's in all of baseball. During this series, the Dodgers pen has yet to allow a run. During the regular season, the Dodgers held a 3.38 earned run average, which was the second best in all of baseball. Opponents hit .228 against Los Angeles, and their 1.15 WHIP was the best in all of baseball.

Dodgers Head to World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from the World Series. The Cubs would need to win three more in a row to get back to the World Series. Clayton Kershaw will throw in this game for the Dodgers. The lefthander is the ace for Los Angeles, after winning 18 games in the regular season. Kershaw has won 144 games in his career, at the age of 29. During the postseason, Kershaw has made 2 starts, thrown 11.1 innings and allowed 9 hits. Kershaw has allowed 5 homeruns during that time.

Jose Quintana tosses for the Chicago Cubs. Quintana came over from the Chicago White Sox at the trade deadline. The 28 year old lefthander has pitched 11.1 innings this postseason and allowed 5 hits and just 2 runs. Quintana has yet to record a decision in the postseason. Quintana went 11-11 during the regular season and holds a 57-57 career record. Look for the Dodgers bats to use good at bats and knock Quintana out early, as Kershaw gets the job done. Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -160 over the Chicago Cubs.