Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers 8/3/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/2/2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 4:10 PM on WGN, SNLA
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Chicago Cubs - Jackson, E (5-11) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Beckett, J (6-5)
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Sunday afternoon, Edwin Jackson (5 - 11, 5.79 ERA) will take the mound for the Chicago Cubs as they take on Josh Beckett (6 - 5, 2.74 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jackson makes his 23rd start as Beckett makes his 20th.
Edwin Jackson struggled a bit in his last outing and ended up with a no-decision. In just 4 innings of work, Jackson gave up 3 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. It took him 106 pitches to get through just 4 innings and one reason could have been his problem with issuing walks. He's given up 53 walks already this year compared to the 59 in 2013 when he went 8 -18 with a 4.98 ERA in 31 starts.
Last season, Jackson lost his only start against his former team. He will have to keep an eye on Chone Figgins as Figgins is 9 of 16 (.563) against Jackson with 5 RBIs.
Josh Beckett escaped with a no-decision in his last outing after surrendering 4 runs and 9 hits (including a home run) in 4.1 innings of work. He walked 4 and only struck out 2 while throwing 105 pitches. Beckett is 3 - 4 in his last 10 starts and he has looked both good and bad in that span of time. Last season, Beckett started just 8 games and compiled an 0 - 5 record with a 5.19 ERA.
Beckett didn't face the Cubs last season and has only faced 4 of their current hitters in his career. Ryan Sweeney has fared the best against Beckett and owns a .300 average with a homer and an RBI against the veteran righty.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 55-47-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.4
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
Los Angeles Dodgers are 50-54-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Los Angeles Dodgers is 0.6
Injuries to Watch
07/31/14 P Felix Doubront Calf 15-day DL (7/31)
07/29/14 P Neil Ramirez Tricep 15-day DL (7/26)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Los Angeles Dodgers
07/06/14 3B Erisbel Arruebarrena Hip 15-day DL (7/5)
06/18/14 P Chad Billingsley Elbow 60-day DL (3/19), out for season
06/15/14 3B Chone Figgins Quad 15-day DL (6/14)
06/07/14 P Chris Withrow Elbow 60-day DL (5/21)
03/27/14 P Onelki Garcia Elbow 60-day DL (3/14)
03/27/14 P Scott Elbert Elbow 60-day DL (2/8)
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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