Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick- 8/19/13
2013-08-19 07:05:00 EDT
The Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals face off on Monday at Wrigley Field for game one of their series.
The Chicago Cubs were aggressive at the trade deadline as sellers and the results on the field have suffered badly since then. The Cubs are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 24-38 at home this season, and they are 19 games back and in last place in the NL Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting.239 with Junior Lake hitting .308, Donnie Murphy hitting .300, and Dioner Navarro hitting .288. As a team the Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.97 with the starters at 3.86 and the bullpen at 4.21. For game one against the Nationals the Cubs start Jeff Samardzjia who is looking work out as he has lost his last two decisions. For the season Samardzjia has allowed 154 hits and 76 earned runs while striking out 163 over 159.1 innings for a 6-11 record and a 4.29 ERA.
The Washington Nationals have played decently of late but they are all but eliminated from making the post-season. The Nationals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 24-34 on the road this season, and they are 15.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East standings and 9.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the last Wildcard spot in the National League. As a team the Nationals are hitting .245 with Jayson Werth hitting .334, Ian Desmond hitting .274, and Ryan Zimmerman hitting .266. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.66 with the starters at .61 and the bullpen at 3.77. For game one against the Cubs the Nationals start Jordan Zimmerman who has won his last two decisions. For the season Zimmerman has allowed 141 hits and 53 earned runs while striking out 116 over 158 innings for a 14-6 record and a 3.02 ERA.
Chicago is 2-5 in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 1-6 in their last seven games overall, and 7-15 in Samardzjia’s last 22 starts as an underdog. Washington is 10-2 in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record, 2-5 in their last seven games against a right-handed starter, and 36-15 in Zimmerman’s last 51 starts as a favorite.Washington is 5-2 in their last seven games against Washington.
Zimmerman appears to be past his rough spot this season while Samardzjia and the Cubs just look out of gas.