Looking to bet on Chicago today in its game against Los Angeles? Here are a few reasons why a +120 moneyline bet on the underdog Cubs could be a solid wager.
Carlos Zambrano (4-1 4.38) has been pitching well this season and has gone 2-1 in recent starts. Additionally, Zambrano won his last start against the Dodgers 5-1 on Wednesday, May 4. Zambrano has been eating up innings on the mound recently, averaging 7.0 innings per game in those starts.
If Zambrano isn’t able to go the distance, the Cubs’ bullpen should be rested and ready to shoulder the load. Chicago’s relievers have pitched only 8.1 innings in the last three games.
The Cubs have been strong against left-handed pitching lately, going 6-3. That bodes well for Chicago, as it will be facing southpaw Ted Lilly (3-3 4.67). The righty Zambrano could be a problem for Los Angeles as the Dodgers’ hitters have left something to be desired against right-handed pitching going 11-17 on the season.
A bet for the Cubs isn’t signed, sealed and delivered. The recent point differentials for Chicago and Los Angeles suggest that the Cubs might be a little over matched in this game. While both teams have played poorly lately, Chicago has been outscored by 0.94 runs per game compared to 0.76 for the Dodgers. The Cubs have struggled as an underdog. When the money is against them, they have won just 40.0% of their recent games.
For those interested in wagering on point totals, this game might not be the best candidate. The over/under is set at 7.5, nearly identical to the 7.58 combined run average of both squads, making this game too close to call.