Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers Game 4 Preview, MLB Predictions, Betting Picks: LA on Spread

Adbert AlzolayThe four-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs wraps up tonight (7:08 PM ET, Sunday; TV: Live on ESPN) with the Cubs looking for a series split as they remain in a close second in the NL Central.

LA will be looking to take a 3-1 victory as they look to keep pace with the San Francisco Giants for the top spot in the NL West. Both the Cubs and Dodgers are chasing the lead in their respective divisions so every game counts. How will Game 4 pan out? Read this preview with picks and predictions to find out.

Series Recap

Having signed with the Cubs in the offseason, former Dodger Joc Pederson was unable to attend LA’s ring ceremony back in April. So when the Cubs made their way to Los Angeles for this series, the Dodgers had a special presentation for their former star. But when all was said and done, the night wasn’t about Pederson or the Dodgers really. It was about four men, starting with Zach Davies and ending with Craig Kimbrel, who combined to throw baseball’s seventh no hitter this season. Alongside relief pitchers, Ryan Tepera and Andrew Chafin, Davies and Kimbrel bookended the game not allowing a single hit. The Cubs quartet did walk eight batters but ultimately those walks didn’t come back to bite the team at all. The no hitter means 2021 is now officially tied for most no hitters in a season. It is a record that undoubtedly will be broken given we haven’t even hit July yet.

The Cubs’ bats weren’t silent, posting four runs including two home runs in game one. Game two however, saw LA’s bats wake up. Even though Chicago got off to an early headstart, the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the seventh. The Cubs managed to tie the game but then the Dodgers dropped the dagger in the eighth, scoring four more runs, two of which came from Max Muncy’s 15th homer of the year.

The next day, game three was more of the same for LA. This time however, they got off to the early lead and Chicago were the ones chasing. The Cubs tied the game at 2-2 but the Dodgers, after a somewhat controversial call in the top of the ninth for the Cubs, walked it off on a Cody Bellinger home run.

After being no hit, LA has managed to salvage this series. A split is still on the table for the Cubs but only the Dodgers can win the series at this point. They’ll have a very good shot at doing just that when they send one of baseball’s best lefties to the mound, in Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw will be opposed by Chicago’s Adbert Alzolay.

While Kershaw is not having the Cy Young type of season one has come to expect from him, the longtime Dodger vet is still one of baseball’s best pitchers. Kershaw is one of few pitchers this year to pick up a decision in every single one of his starts, going 8-7 with a 3.43 ERA. He has certainly had his ups and downs but perhaps none more so than when he faced the Cubs earlier this year. Kershaw allowed four runs in the first inning and was not back on the mound for the second. It was the shortest outing of his career and one that after the game, Kershaw called embarrassing. For someone like Kershaw, the saying everyone has bad starts once in a while, was never really true. Not until recently. Even a bad Kershaw is still better than a lot of guys around the league. Plus, Kershaw has been great at home, so the Dodgers have to like their chances in this one.

Opposing Kershaw will be the righty Alzolay, who is also having an up-and-down kind of season. Alzolay is 4-6 with a 4.19 ERA for the Cubs. Not the best pitcher on the road, Alzolay has struggled when away from Wrigley Field. He hasn’t had to contend with a lineup of the Dodgers’ stature yet this season. In fact, many of LA’s hitters Alzolay has never faced. This could be a good thing as it could allow the young pitcher to have some early inning success as the Dodgers get used to his rhythm. Should the Cubs manage to tattoo a few early runs of their own on Kershaw, Chicago could pull out an unexpected win tonight.

So, coming to our picks and betting predictions for this MLB Game 4 preview, with Kershaw on the mound, the Dodgers are -1.5 run favorites with the US-friendly online bookies to take the series. LA being favored makes sense as the Dodgers will have top pitching and a top level offense on the field. Both LA and Chicago have similar strengths that way as the two teams both have hitters who can change the game with one swing of the bat. Against Kershaw, that could be tougher for the Cubs.

  • Take the Dodgers -1.5 @ best odds of +105 with Bookmaker.
  • As for the total, Chicago has played to the under a lot recently so that could be enticing. An eight-run total feels a little low however so our advice is to bet the over @ best of -112 with BetOnline.