Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs - 10/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (97-66) at Chicago Cubs (93-70)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm (Wrigley Field)
M Scherzer (16-6) (2.51) vs. J Quintana (11-11) (4.15)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +117 / Washington Nationals -127 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs meet Monday for game three of the NLDS at Wrigley Field.
The Washington Nationals hope to inch one game closer to advancing to the NLCS. The Nationals showed signs of life in their game two victory, as Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman helped Washington score five runs in the eighth inning to prevent falling in a 0-2 hole. The Nationals pitching staff also did its job, once again holding the Cubs to just three runs an striking out eight batters. The Washington Nationals need their big bats to show up if they’re going to advance in this series, as the ball has the tendency to carry in Wrigley. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he was 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 268 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA and 92 strikeouts in his postseason career.
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The Chicago Cubs can also take a 2-1 series lead by keeping home field and snagging a win. The Cubs offense has combined for six runs in this series, but the lack of scoring hasn’t mattered much until Carl Edwards Jr. got rocked late in game two. The Cubs pitching staff has been great throughout the first two games for the most part and will give this team a chance to advance if it continues. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant have combined for six hits and five RBI while Addison Russell has two hits and a walk. The Cubs have scored three or less runs in four of their last six games. Jose Quintana gets the ball, and he was 11-11 with a 4.15 ERA and 207 strikeouts this season. Quintana has never pitched in the postseason in his career.
The Nationals are 5-2 in their last 7 games following an off day, 36-16 in Scherzers last 52 road starts and 36-15 in Scherzers last 51 starts. The Cubs are 36-15 in their last 51 games following an off day, 6-0 in Quintanas last 6 home starts and 6-0 in Quintanas last 6 starts. The Nationals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
Quintana didn't look great in his last start, and he's allowed seven runs in his last 10.1 innings at home overall. He also has zero postseason experience, which does scare me, as nerves tend to play a roll on guys who are on the big stage for the first time. Heck, even Kershaw isn't the same when the lights shine bright. Scherzer has allowed one run in his last 9.1 innings and is holding this Cubs lineup to a .216 batting average in 88 career at bats. Scherzer also has a 1.82 ERA along with a .156 batting average allowed on the road this season, which is insane and far better than his numbers at home. The Cubs are scary at home, but the Nats have a serious pitching advantage here, which forces me to pick them to steal game three.