Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals - 8/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (63-43) at Chicago Cubs (57-49)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
T Roark (8-7) (4.93) vs. K Hendricks (4-3) (3.80)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -152 / Washington Nationals +142 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, WGN
Out at Wrigley Field on Friday, the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs will be kicking off their weekend MLB series.
The Nationals are coming off a set against the Marlins this week. Washington won on Monday but lost the next two games 7-6 and 7-0.
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Washington is set to be rolling with RHP Tanner Roark on Friday. In his 118.2 innings and 8-7 record this year, Roark has a 4.93 ERA with 104 Ks.
The Nationals have some big hitters on their roster. Daniel Murphy comes into this one with 125 hits, 68 runs, 17 homers and 73 RBI, while Bryce Harper isn’t far behind on 121 hits, 86 runs, 27 homers and 80 RBI.
As for the Cubs, they just finished up against the Diamondbacks. The two teams split the first pair of games, then on Thursday the Cubs fell 10-8, giving up the winning runs in the ninth.
Chicago will be going with RHP Kyle Hendricks on Friday. In his 71.0 innings and 4-3 record this year, Hendricks has a 3.80 ERA with 59 Ks and 21 BBs.
Chicago has some talented hitters as well. Kris Bryant came into Thursday with 100 hits, 69 runs, 20 homers and 47 RBI, while Anthony Rizzo had 99 hits, 63 runs, 26 homers and 70 RBI. On Thursday, Bryant and Rizzo combined for three hits and two runs.
The Nationals are 7-1 in their last eight versus the NL Central, and 7-2 in their last nine road games versus a team with a winning home record. Washington is also 9-4 in their last 13 road games and 1-4 in their last five games following an off day.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 4-0 in their last four games versus the NL East and 10-4 in Hendricks’ last 14 starts versus the NL East. Chicago is also 31-15 in Hendricks’ last 46 home starts and 0-4 in Hendricks’ last four Friday starts.
Roark gave up four runs in 5.0 innings with four walks in his last outing, but owns a 3.38 ERA in four starts at Wrigley Field. As for Hendricks, he coughed up nine earned in 9.0 innings over two starts in May/June, but since then has given up just two earned on 14 hits in 9.1 innings. I like the Cubs to keep things rolling here behind Hendricks so I’ll take Chicago for the win.