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Could this be the year the Chicago Cubs finally win the big one? They may have to grab a Wild Card spot to do it, but at 14/1 this may the closest the Cubs (38-30, plus-5.20 units going into Tuesday’s action) have been over the past 107 years. They’ll host the Los Angeles Dodgers (39-32, minus-6.91 units) this Wednesday in what could be a preview of the 2015 National League playoffs. ESPN2 has the first pitch at 8:05 PM ET.
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Kyle Hendricks (3.45 FIP) might be a sneaky value for the Cubs when he takes the mound Wednesday night. Hendricks is only up 0.93 units on a team record of 7-6, but he’s been saddled with a .317 BABIP, which suggests his opponents have had some good luck at the plate.
Speaking of luck, Mike Bolsinger (3.18 FIP) has pitched remarkably well for the Dodgers since getting called up from the minors, but he’s only earned 0.30 units on a team record of 5-4. Two of those losses were by one run in games where Bolsinger earned a no-decision. Otherwise, Bolsinger has dazzled hitters with his new slider, which has plenty of zip on it at 80 mph.
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