Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals - 5/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (19-10) at Chicago Cubs (22-6)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
G Gonzalez (2-1) (1.15) vs. J Hammel (4-0) (1.24)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -130 / Washington Nationals +120 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS1, MASN, CSCh
Coming up Saturday afternoon from Wrigley Field, the MLB is rolling out game three of a long weekend set between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs.
In Thursday’s game one of this four-game series, the Cubs struck first with a 5-2 victory, keeping them securely in first place in the NL Central. On Friday, the Cubs got into a little trouble with a Washington rally in the eighth, but still came out on top 8-6 for a 2-0 series lead.
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Pitching for the Nationals on Saturday is left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Over his five starts and 2-1 record this year, Gonzalez has accumulated a 1.15 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 31.1 innings. On Monday when he last took the mound, Gonzalez logged four hits in six innings against the Royals, but struck out just one batter.
There’s a significant dose of muscle in the Nationals’ batting order. Daniel Murphy has had a breakout 2016 so far, with 39 hits, 17 runs and 17 RBI. Murphy had a great Friday, logging a 4-for-4 line with two runs. Bryce Harper is also playing well on 26 hits, 10 homers, 26 RBI and 20 runs. Jayson Werth has had a few BA issues (.223), but still checks in with six homers, 19 RBI and 16 runs.
As for the Cubs, they’ll be going with right-hander Jason Hammel in Saturday’s game. Hammel has been great in 2016 in his five starts, posting a 1.24 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 29 innings for a 4-0 record. On Monday, Hammel allowed two runs in five innings against the Pirates for another victory.
The churning juggernaut of the Cubs offense has a lot of people talking World Series this year. Dexter Fowler leads the way on 33 hits with 22 runs, and Kris Bryant isn’t far off with 31 hits and 21 runs. Bryant whiffed 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Friday. Anthony Rizzo has been a power machine with 10 homers, 27 RBI and 24 runs. Ben Zobrist is even getting in on the action with 26 hits and 24 RBI. Zobrist had two hits, four RBI and three runs on Friday.
The Nationals are 4-1 in their last five game threes of a series, and 23-8 in Gonzalez’s last 31 starts against the NL Central. Meanwhile, the Cubs are 7-3 in their last 10 game threes, and 17-8 in their last 25 Saturday games.
Gonzalez is a solid pitcher, but that 1.15 ERA simply isn’t going to hold. I’ll take the Cubs in what should be another pretty good game.