Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs 9/20/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 9/19/2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Wrigley Field in Chicago
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Saturday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers will send Roberto Hernandez (8 – 11, 4.06 ERA) to the mound to take on the Chicago Cubs and Felix Doubront (4 – 5, 5.00 ERA). Hernandez makes his 28th start and 31st appearance while Doubront makes his 14th start and 21st appearance.
Roberto Hernandez didn’t factor into the decision in his last appearance after a short outing. Hernandez pitched just 3.2 innings and surrendered 2 runs and 6 hits (including a homer) as he walked 2 batters and struck out 1. Hernandez has had trouble keeping the opposition off the scoreboard in recent outings and has allowed 12 runs in 11 innings of work. He is 4 -3 in his last 10 appearances. In 2013, Hernandez went 6-13-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 24 starts and 8 relief appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hernandez didn’t face the Cubs in 2013 but he has seen them twice this season. In 2 encounters against Chicago, Hernandez is 1 - 1.
Felix Doubront was solid his last trip to the hill and his performance earned him the victory. In the win, Doubront threw 6 shutout innings and allowed just 4 hits and a walk while striking out a batter. He is 2 -1 in his 3 starts for the Cubs after coming over from the Boston Red Sox. Last season, Doubront went 11 – 6 with a 4.32 ERA in 27 starts and 2 relief appearances for the Red Sox.
Doubront didn’t face the Dodgers in 2013 and he has only seen 5 of the Los Angeles hitters before. Matt Kemp is 1 for 3 with an RBI against Doubront.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
Los Angeles Dodgers are 76-70-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Los Angeles Dodgers is 0.5
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 77-69-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.5
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Dodgers
09/13/14 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder out indefinitely
08/07/14 P Josh Beckett Hip 60-day DL (8/4); out for season
08/06/14 P Chris Perez Ankle 15-day DL (8/4)
08/03/14 P Paul Maholm Knee 60-day DL (8/2), out for season
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)
09/03/14 SS Starlin Castro Ankle out for season
08/30/14 CF Justin Ruggiano Ankle 60-day DL (8/23), out for season
08/28/14 RF Ryan Sweeney Hamstring 60-day DL (8/26)
08/10/14 P Brian Schlitter Shoulder 15-day DL (8/9)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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