Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals NLDS Game 1 - 10/6/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (92-70) at Washington Nationals (97-65)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 3:33 pm (Nationals Park)
K Hendricks (7-5) (3.03) vs. S Strasburg (15-4) (2.52)
The Line: Washington Nationals -160 / Chicago Cubs +150 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs begin their quest for back to back World Series titles with a visit to the Washington Nationals in Friday MLB.
The Chicago Cubs were up and down for the majority of the season and struggled to shake off the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central until slowly pulling away late. The Cubs did not look like the defending World Champions much of 2017 but at the end of the day a 92-70 record is the envy of many teams. The numbers say that Chicago deserves to be in the postseason with 5.07 runs scored on just a .255 average with 223 homers giving a boost to the offense. The Cubbies were also a solid team on the mound with a team ERA of 3.95 with a top ten WHIP of 1.28 which say the staff kept base runners to a reasonable number while 77 quality starts was number nine in the game. Chicago has not gives Friday's start to Kyle Hendricks who has gone 7-5 with a 3.03 ERA this season.
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The Washington Nationals were the odds on favorite to win the National League East and didn’t disappoint. The Nationals led the division from start to finish and were never challenged in building a 97-65 record. The Nats were probably helped by a very poor division with no other team even close to .500 with second place Miami checking in at 77-85. Washington did most everything well as the team could score and pitch with anybody although the offense was the most noteworthy. The Nationals averaged 5.06 runs on a .266 BA with 108 stolen bases (#5) and 215 homers and could beat opposing pitchers a number of ways. The Nats were just as fearsome on the hill with a 3.88 ERA and the rotation’s impressive 99 quality starts obviously was plenty good enough with the offense capable of scoring in bunches. Washington kicks off the seris with Stephen Strasburg on the hill .after going 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA.
Chicago are 14-3 in their last 17 games on grass and under is 6-2 in Chicago last 8 road games and Chicago are 7-3 in their last 10 playoff games. Thender is 5-2-1 in Washington last 8 Friday games and under is 5-2-1 in Washington last 8 home games and Washington are 3-7 in their last 10 playoff games.
Hendricks has solid numbers but Strasburg has really been a top tier pitcher in 2017 and has the luxury of the Nationals offense behind him...