Nationals at Cubs - 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
The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs meet Saturday afternoon for game three of their series.
The Washington Nationals look for a bounce back win after losing three of their last four games. The Nationals have allowed 13 runs in this series and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Washington Nationals have an ERA of 2.45 and have lost four of their last five games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 43 hits, Bryce Harper has 26 RBI and Jayson Werth has six home runs. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he’s 2-1 with a 1.15 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 3-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to build on their impressive five-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in this series and have five or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Cubs continue to swing a hot bat and have won nine straight games when scoring more than three runs. Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 33 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 28 RBI and Ben Zobrist has five home runs. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 9-0 with a 3.01 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Gonzalezs last 7 Saturday starts. The Cubs are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 4-0 in Hammels last 4 starts. The Nationals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Cubs are not only proving they're the best team in baseball, but Chicago now has a pitcher on the mound in Hammel who is 9-0 against the Nats in his career. You can't pick against the Cubs right now as everything seems to clicking for them on both sides of the plate.