Cubs vs. Nationals - 5/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (19-11) at Chicago Cubs (23-6)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
T Roark (2-2) (2.35) vs. J Arrieta (6-0) (0.84)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -265 / Washington Nationals +242 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the Washington Nationals Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Washington Nationals look for a win after losing four of their last five games. The Nationals have allowed 21 runs in this series and five or more runs in four of their last five games. The Washington Nationals have an ERA of 2.65 and have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 43 hits, Bryce Harper has 27 RBI and Jayson Werth has six home runs. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Roark is 3-2 with a 5.33 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to build on their solid six-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 21 runs in this series and five or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been consistent all season long, and they’ve won 10 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 35 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 28 RBI and Ben Zobrist has five home runs. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 6-0 with a 0.84 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 22-8 in their last 30 during game 4 of a series and 2-9 in Roarks last 11 starts. The Cubs are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series and 39-13 in Arrietas last 52 starts. The Nationals are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
Nobody in their right mind is picking against the Cubs in their current form, and Arrieta on the mound makes them even more unstoppable. Chicago should be able to complete the sweep with the best pitcher on the hill.