Dodgers Vs Cubs: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – May 7, 2022

Written By Staff on May 6, 2022

The Los Angeles Dodgers (16-7) and Chicago Cubs (9-15) meet on Saturday to start a three-game series, with the first pitch at 1:05 PM ET at Wrigley Field. Clayton Kershaw gets the starting nod for Los Angeles (-183 to win), and Drew Smyly is Chicago’s (+156) pick to start.

The insights in the following article are based off odds valid as of May 7, 2022 at 11:24 AM ET.

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Dodgers vs Cubs Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Kershaw (LAD) Pitcher Smyly (CHC)
3 – 0 W/L 1 – 2
23.0 IP 19.1
2.35 ERA 2.79
0.696 WHIP 1.086
11.7 K/9 6.1
0.8 BB/9 1.4

Dodgers Probable Starter Clayton Kershaw

  • Kershaw (3-0) gets the starting nod for the Dodgers in his fifth start of the season. He has a 2.35 ERA in 23 innings pitched, with 30 strikeouts.
  • The lefty’s last time out came on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers, when he tossed 6 2/3 innings, surrendering one earned run while allowing four hits.
  • In four games this season, the 34-year-old has amassed an ERA of 2.35, with 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
  • He will face a Cubs offense that ranks 21st in the league with 100 runs while batting .240 as a unit. It has a collective .374 slugging percentage (15th in MLB action) and has hit a total of 19 home runs (22nd in MLB).
  • The 34-year-old’s 2.35 ERA ranks 19th, .696 WHIP ranks first, and 11.7 K/9 ranks eighth among qualifying pitchers this season.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 7, 2022 at 11:24 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Cubs Probable Starter Drew Smyly

  • Smyly (1-2) will take the mound for the Cubs, his fifth start of the season.
  • The left-hander gave up two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched on Thursday, April 28 in his last outing, a matchup with the Atlanta Braves.
  • The 32-year-old has pitched to a 2.79 ERA this season with 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 1.4 walks per nine across four games.
  • The Dodgers rank 10th in MLB with 114 runs scored this season. They have a .238 batting average this campaign with 23 home runs (15th in the league).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 7, 2022 at 11:24 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Dodgers Betting Trends

  • The Dodgers have put together a 16-7 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 69.6% of those games).
  • When playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -183 or shorter, Los Angeles has gone 10-3 (76.9%).
  • The implied moneyline probablility in this matchup gives the Dodgers a 64.7% chance to win.
  • Los Angeles has played in 23 games with over/under set, and has combined with opponents to go over the total seven times (7-15-1).
  • The Dodgers have a 16-7-0 record ATS this season.
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Cubs Betting Trends

  • This season, the Cubs have won seven out of the 18 games, or 38.9%, in which they’ve been the underdog.
  • This season, Chicago has won two of its three games when they’re the underdog by at least +156 on the moneyline.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Cubs have a 39.1% chance to win.
  • Chicago and its opponents have hit the over in 10 of their 24 games with a total this season.
  • In 24 games with a spread this season, the Cubs are 12-12-0 ATS.

Dodgers Players to Watch

  • Freddie Freeman has put up a team-best OBP (.386) and slugging percentage (.483), while leading the Dodgers in hits (26). He’s batting .299 with five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 12 walks.
  • Among the qualifying hitters in MLB, Freeman ranks 22nd in batting average, 21st in on-base percentage, and 34th in slugging.
  • Mookie Betts has two doubles, four home runs and 13 walks while hitting .247.
  • Among qualifying batters, Betts ranks 78th in batting average, 50th in on-base percentage, and 70th in slugging.
  • Betts enters this matchup on a six-game hitting streak. In his last 10 games he is batting .297 with two home runs, five walks and three RBI.
  • Trea Turner is hitting .261 with five doubles, a triple, a home run and seven walks.
  • Will Smith is hitting .246 with three doubles, two home runs and nine walks.

Dodgers Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Trea Turner 88 .261 9 1 19 .309 .684
Freddie Freeman 87 .299 15 3 12 .386 .869
Mookie Betts 85 .247 23 4 8 .350 .762
Cody Bellinger 83 .205 10 4 9 .275 .709
Justin Turner 82 .183 8 1 10 .225 .481
Max Muncy 73 .151 10 3 11 .319 .634
Chris Taylor 72 .278 8 1 10 .349 .780
Gavin Lux 58 .276 12 1 6 .358 .737
Will Smith 57 .246 10 2 13 .358 .762
Edwin Ríos 22 .227 3 1 2 .261 .625

Cubs Players to Watch

  • Seiya Suzuki has been key for Chicago with 20 hits, an OBP of .365 plus a slugging percentage of .475.
  • Among all the qualifying batters in the majors, Suzuki is 73rd in batting average, 34th in on-base percentage, and 37th in slugging percentage.
  • Ian Happ leads the Cubs with an OPS of .833. He has a slash line of .292/.416/.417 this season.
  • Among all qualifying hitters, Happ’s batting average places him 28th, his on-base percentage is 10th, and he is 67th in slugging.
  • Patrick Wisdom leads Chicago with 19 hits. He is batting .247 this season and 12 of his hits have gone for extra bases.
  • Nico Hoerner has an OPS of .725, fueled by an OBP of .304 and a team-best slugging percentage of .421 this season.

Cubs Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Frank Schwindel 83 .205 6 2 9 .250 .563
Seiya Suzuki 80 .250 13 4 15 .365 .840
Patrick Wisdom 77 .247 14 5 15 .306 .838
Nico Hoerner 76 .276 5 2 11 .304 .725
Ian Happ 72 .292 12 2 11 .416 .833
Willson Contreras 72 .236 13 2 7 .337 .740
Nick Madrigal 68 .235 5 0 2 .288 .567
Jonathan Villar 53 .283 8 0 8 .322 .643
Rafael Ortega 49 .204 6 0 1 .304 .590
Jason Heyward 47 .234 6 0 2 .333 .631

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