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Cubs vs. Nationals - 5/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (19-8) at Chicago Cubs (20-6)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Joe Ross (3-0) (0.79) vs. K Hendricks (1-2) (3.52)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -140 / Washington Nationals +130 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MAS2/CSN+

The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs begin a four-game series Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Nationals continue to get it done with a pitching staff that’s allowed two or less runs in four of their last five games. The Washington Nationals have an ERA of 2.36 and have won 10 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 39 hits, Bryce Harper has 26 RBI and Jayson Werth has five home runs. Joe Ross gets the ball, and he’s 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Ross’ second career game against the Cubs.

Cubs vs. Nationals - 5/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Cubs have allowed just five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 2.29 and have won 11 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 32 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 27 RBI and Kris Bryant has four home runs. Kyle Hendricks takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 5-0 in Ross' last 5 starts. The Cubs are 25-7 in their last 32 during game 1 of a series and 13-6 in Hendricks' last 19 starts. The Nationals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.

Both teams have been on fire lately and are pitching extremely well. The Cubs have been more consistent on the offensive end and are at home, so I have to give the edge to Chicago. The Cubs have given us no reason all season to fade them. 

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Chicago Cubs -140

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