The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs have been the class of the National League since the 2015 season. These two teams will meet up on Thursday night for a spring training game, and there will be plenty of stars out on the field.
Los Angeles has gone 10-8 so far in the Cactus League, but this team has really struggled over the last week or so. The Dodgers have lost three straight, and they are looking to turn things around and build momentum for the start of the regular season.
The Cubs have looked sharp in Arizona, and manager David Ross is hoping this will translate to a big 2021 season. Chicago comes into Thursday night with a record of 13-7, tied for first place in the Cactus League.
Playing on their home field at Sloan Park, Chicago is a slight favorite over Los Angeles, according to the Dodgers vs Cubs betting odds.
Dodgers Giving Up Runs
There are simply no real weaknesses on paper for the defending champion Dodgers, but that hasn’t played out on the field this spring. Los Angeles has given up at least seven runs in each of the last three games, and it is looking for some better pitching going forward.
It will be Dustin May making the start for Los Angeles on Thursday night. He has the potential to be the next big star in this rotation. The Dodgers don’t have many open spots on the pitching staff, but May might simply be too dominant to leave off.
Shortstop Corey Seager looks ready to begin the regular season, and he could be set up for a monster year. Seager has blasted six home runs already in Cactus League action and has also driven in 13 runs.
The regular starters won’t see a ton of action on Thursday, but this lineup is loaded with talent.
Cubs Actually Have Some Pitching
The Cubs are looking to begin the 2021 season with several new members of the pitching staff. But, that might be a good thing. Chicago has gotten great production from the entire staff all spring, and it could become a strength of this team moving forward.
Adbert Alzolay will make the start for Chicago on Thursday. Alzolay is trying to solidify his spot in the starting rotation. Alzolay has been hit hard so far in the Cactus League. However, he has some stuff that could make him a solid fifth-starter option for Ross.
Former Dodger Joc Pederson has been on a tear for the Cubs. He leads the way with five home runs and 11 runs batted in. The Cubs still have a ton of young talent. Their offense has the potential to break out in a big way.
Cubs Playing Great in Spring
The Cubs are not expected to be a World Series title contender. But they have looked the part so far in spring training. Ross has a number of positional battles going on. This has forced most of the roster to be locked in.
Los Angeles has not been winning many games of late. However, the Dodgers are simply just waiting for the regular season to begin. There is no doubt that the Dodgers have what it takes to repeat as champions according to the odds to win the 2021 World Series. For the latest MLB regular season wins futures and to place bets on the Reds vs Brewers, visit BetUS Sportsbook.
Since the Cubs are the more focused and determined team in spring, they should be able to pick up another win against the Dodgers. MLB odds will change when the regular season begins, but the Cubs have been playing great baseball in Arizona.
Dodgers vs Cubs Betting Forecast
When making your MLB betting picks, bet the Chicago Cubs +165 over the Los Angeles Dodgers in this Cactus League matchup on Thursday night.