Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals - 5/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (19-8) at Chicago Cubs (20-6)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
M Scherzer (3-1) (3.55) vs. J Lackey (3-1) (4.32)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +105 / Washington Nationals -115 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals meet up at Wrigley on Friday afternoon in a potential preview of this year’s NLCS.
The Nationals look to continue their torrid pace to start the season as they trail only the Cubs in the NL standings as they currently sit with a 19-8 record and will send one of the very best to the mound today as Max Scherzer will throw against John Lackey. The Nationals are led of course by Bryce Harper who has followed his MVP season with another solid start to the year in 2016 and if the rest of the lineup continues to rally around him they will be a very tough team to beat and should be considered the favourite, ahead of the New York Mets, to win the National League East division crown.
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The Cubs meanwhile have done one better and are certainly living up to the hype this season as they made some serious moves in the offseason to improve their already impressive team and looked better than ever to finally end their ridiculous World Series drought. Chicago has a very deep lineup that is balanced with speed, power, young, and old and have a rotation that is among the league’s best as Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester have formed a formidable one-two punch. The Cubs do face a pitching mismatch though as Scherzer is a better option that Lackey who despite having a 3-1 record has an ERA of 4.32.
The Nats are 5-0 in their last five games against the NL Central, 8-2 in their last 10 game two’s of a series, and 6-1 in Scherzer’s last seven road starts while the Cubs are 1-7 in their last eight against the NL East, 39-15 in their last 54 overall, and 32-13 in their last 45 home games. This should be a battle of two of the league’s best which sets up a very exciting match up on Friday afternoon and while Scherzer is ridiculous on the hill it is very tough to pass on the Cubs as a home dog and I give them the benefit of the doubt in what should be a low scoring affair.