Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals - 8/6/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (64-44) at Chicago Cubs (58-51)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Erick Fedde (0-1) (11.25) vs. J Lester (8-6) (3.96)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -212 / Washington Nationals +196 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Up on the North Side at historic Wrigley Field on Sunday, the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs will be finishing up their weekend MLB series.
In the Friday opener, the Nats secured a 4-2 win. On Saturday, the Cubs evened it up with a 7-4 victory.
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For the Sunday game, the Nationals will be bringing out RHP Erick Fedde. In his 4.0 innings and 0-1 record this year, Fedde has a 15.75 ERA with three Ks.
The Nats have a deep offense this year. Daniel Murphy came into the weekend with 128 hits, 70 runs, 19 homers and 76 RBI, while Bryce Harper had 123 hits, 86 runs, 27 homers and 80 RBI. Harper slapped a homer with two runs on Saturday; Murphy had a hit and a run.
Lefty Jon Lester will be making the start for the Cubs on Sunday. In his 134.0 innings and 8-6 record this year, Lester has a 3.96 ERA with 139 Ks and 42 BBs.
Chicago has a big-time offense as well. Kris Bryant entered the weekend with 102 hits, 70 runs, 20 homers and 47 RBI; Anthony Rizzo had 101 hits, 64 runs, 26 homers and 70 RBI. Bryant and Rizzo combined for two hits, two runs and an RBI on Saturday.
The Nationals are 7-2 in their last nine versus the NL Central, and 7-4 in their last 11 road games versus a right-handed starter. Washington is also 9-5 in their last 14 road games and the under is 4-2 in the Nats’ last six road games.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 5-1 in their last six versus the National League East, and 15-6 in their last 21 overall. Chicago is also 4-10 in their last 14 home game versus a right-handed starter and 4-8 in their last 12 home games versus a team with a winning record.
In his Major League Debut last Sunday, Fedde gave up seven runs in 4.0 innings, but did get into a lot of two-strike counts. He should be better here if he can polish things up. As for Lester, He’s been pretty solid as of late, giving up more than two earned just once over his last four starts. This one has a lot of variables so it’s probably one to stay away from. That said I like the Cubs to take care of business in the finale here at home.