Los Angeles on Five-Game Win Streak
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to complete a three-game sweep of the host Chicago Cubs when the teams finish up their weekend series with a Sunday Night Baseball matchup. Los Angeles swept a doubleheader on Saturday after Friday’s opener was rained out. Chicago has now lost four straight and is in fourth place in the NL Central. This game seems like an easy pick but make sure you check out our in-depth preview of the contest before you make your bet online.
Dodgers Dominate in Sweep
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been playing well of late, and they could be getting better with outfielder Mookie Betts starting to find his stroke. Betts had five RBIs in Saturday’s nightcap and extended his hitting streak to eight games.
“I think just the mental side of it is the biggest difference,” Betts said after Saturday’s doubleheader. “Being more positive, looking for the next opportunity instead of dwelling on the last one. And just trying to enjoy it.”
Betts was 2-for-5 with a double and a home run in Saturday’s second game. He’s batting .255 with three doubles, five home runs, 13 RBIs and 25 runs scored, which ranks second in baseball.
First baseman Freddie Freeman went 4-for-8 in the two games, including hitting three doubles and scoring two runs in the opener. Freeman is batting .316 with eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 12 RBIs and 17 runs scored.
Right-hander Walker Buehler will be on the mound. Buehler is 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in five starts and hasn’t allowed a run in either of his last two starts. Over those two games, Buehler has pitched 14 innings and allowed nine hits while striking out 15 and walking one.
Cubs Struggling At The Plate
The Chicago Cubs offense has been nearly non-existent over the last 11 games, with the team scoring over two runs just twice and averaging 1.6 runs in that span. It has put a lot of pressure on the pitching staff, which has not been able to prevent the team from going 2-9 since a 21-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 23.
Right-hander Marcus Stroman will take on the task of shutting down the Los Angeles Dodgers offense. Stroman is 1-3 with a 5.13 ERA, making five starts and striking out 22 in 26⅓ innings. Stroman had a solid outing in his last start, shutting out the Milwaukee Brewers for seven innings on just two hits on May 1.
Third baseman Patrick Wisdom has been the Cubs’ best power hitter, leading the team with five home runs and 15 RBIs. Wisdom went hitless in Saturday’s doubleheader and is batting just .226.
Rookie Seiya Suzuki was the big story for Chicago in the early part of the season, but he’s come back down to Earth a bit recently. Suzuki is batting just .158 with seven strikeouts in five games in May, though two of his three hits have been for extra bases.
Dodgers vs Cubs Head-to-Head
The Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to turn around their results at Wrigley Field in 2021, when they were swept by the Chicago Cubs in a three-game series. This will be the first season that Los Angeles has won the majority of games played by these two teams in Chicago since 2014.
The Cubs had been 7-2 against the Dodgers in Wrigley over the last three series there but will have to fight to avoid the first Los Angeles sweep on the road since 2013. Looking at the MLB lines, the odds are not with the home team, as Los Angeles is a heavy favorite on Sunday night.
Dodgers vs Cubs Game Information
- Game: Dodgers (18-7) vs Cubs (9-17)
- Location: Wrigley Field
- Day/Time: Sunday, 7:08 p.m. ET
- Dodgers vs Cubs Live Stream: MLB TV
Dodgers vs Cubs Betting Lines
Dodgers vs Cubs Prediction
The Chicago Cubs are having trouble scoring runs, and now they go up against one of the hottest pitchers in baseball in Buehler. The Los Angeles Dodgers should have no trouble winning their third game in two days, as the Cubs’ losing skid continues.
When doing your MLB betting, take Los Angeles to win on the road again.