Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Betting Odds
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Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Match Preview and Free Picks
The pitching matchup for the finale of the Chicago Cubs’ three-game series against the visiting Washington Nationals on Sunday night has the potential to be something special. Washington’s Max Scherzer is a threat to toss a no-hitter every time he takes the mound, and Chicago’s Cole Hamels has already done it at Wrigley Field once.
Scherzer has a chance to pitch the Nationals to a series victory thanks to Saturday’s 9-4 win in which Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in six runs and Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a two-run blast. A couple of Cubs have enjoyed recent success against Scherzer – including last year’s NL Championship Series, Ben Zobrist is 7-for-19 with a double and three homers versus Scherzer since 2013, and Anthony Rizzo, who collected his 1,000th career hit Saturday and has reached base in 15 consecutive games, is 3-for-10 with a homer against the ace.
Hamels will make his debut in a Cubs uniform at Wrigley Field, where he is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA in six starts, including a no-hitter in 2015. The rubber match of the series is important to both teams, as the Cubs lead Milwaukee by two games in the National League Central and the Nationals are five back of Philadelphia in the NL East.
Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Starting Pitchers Report
Nationals RH Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.28 ERA): Scherzer is making a strong case for his fourth Cy Young Award with another outstanding season. The 34-year-old hasn’t lost since July 2 and has posted five consecutive quality starts, including a no-decision against Atlanta last time out in which he allowed one run and four hits over seven innings. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA in six starts against the Cubs.
Cubs LH Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.38): Hamels has been excellent in his first two starts for the Cubs, allowing two runs (one earned) over 11 innings in a pair of wins. The 34-year-old piled up nine strikeouts in his Cubs debut at Pittsburgh but had to grind harder to hold Kansas City to one run over six frames last time out. Hamels is 16-9 with a 2.67 ERA in 35 career starts against the Nationals, but he hasn’t faced them since 2015.
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Washington Nationals Betting Odds Trends
|Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Washington is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games|
|Washington is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road|
|Washington is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Washington's last 18 games on the road|
|Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
Chicago Cubs Betting Odds Trends
|Chi Cubs is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games|
|Chi Cubs is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Washington|
|Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington|
Washington at St. Louis Monday, August 13
Chicago home to Milwaukee Tuesday, August 14