Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/26/14
Washington Nationals (41-35) at Chicago Cubs (32-43)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Doug Fister (R) (6-2) (2.653) vs. Travis Wood (L) (7-6) (4.550)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +104 / Washington Nationals -114 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, CSN-CHI
The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs will begin a four-game series on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.
The Nationals have won six of their last nine games and are currently in first place in the NL East. The Nationals have really relied on their offense to win games lately, scoring four or more runs in in five of their last nine games. Ian Desmond has two hits in each of his last three games and Anthony Rendon has homered three times in his last seven games. Of course, the Nationals have the best ERA in baseball at 2.96. Doug Fister takes the mound, and he’s 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA and has 36 strikeouts in 57.2 innings. This is Fister’s first career game against the Cubs.
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The Cubs have lost five of their last eight games and are 12 games below .500. Lack of offense continues to be the story for the Cubs, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in 10 of their last 17 games. The Cubs are 7-35 this season when scoring three or less runs. Starlin Castro has 11 RBI in his last 10 games and Anthony Rizzo has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Travis Wood, who is 7-6 with a 4.55 ERA and has 73 strikeouts in 89 innings. This is Wood’s second career start against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 7-1 in Fister's last 8 starts and 4-0 in Fister's last 4 starts as a favorite. The Cubs are 6-2 in Wood's last 8 starts and 6-17 in Wood's last 23 starts as a home underdog. The Nationals are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
The cheap line makes it hard not to pick the Nationals in this spot. They're the much better team, are playing better baseball and have a red hot pitcher on the mound, while the Cubs have a shaky starter pitching. Take the Nats to continue their hot streak.