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Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals Game 5 - 10/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (94-71) at Washington Nationals (98-67)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm (Nationals Park)

K Hendricks (8-5) (2.88) vs. G Gonzalez (15-9) (2.96)

The Line: Washington Nationals +110 / Chicago Cubs -130 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

Over at Nationals Park on Thursday, it’s a winner-take-all NLDS showdown as the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals battle it out in Game 5. 

The Cubs took Game 1 3-0, Washington struck back 6-3 in Game 2, and the Cubs took the series lead again with a 2-1 win in Game 3. In Wednesday’s Game 4, the Nats staved off elimination thanks to a Michael Taylor grand slam in the eighth, leading to a 5-0 win. 

Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals Game 5 - 10/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Thursday Game 5, the Cubs will be bringing out RHP Kyle Hendricks. In his 139.2 innings and 7-5 record this year, Hendricks posted a 3.03 ERA and 123 Ks. 

The Cubs have some key bats in their lineup. Kris Bryant came out on top in the regular season with 162 hits, 111 runs, 29 homers and 73 RBI; Anthony Rizzo finished with 156 hits, 99 runs, 32 homers and 109 RBI. Bryant and Rizzo combined to go 0-for-7 on Wednesday. 

Over on the Nationals’ side, it’s looking like they’ll go with lefty Gio Gonzalez in Game 1. In his 201.0 innings and 15-9 record this year, Gonzalez put up a 2.96 ERA with 188 Ks. 

Washington has some big hitters as well. David Murphy led the way in the regular season with 172 hits, 94 runs, 23 homers and 93 RBI, while Ryan Zimmerman put up 159 hits, 90 runs, 36 homers and 108 RBI. Murphy put up one hit and a run on Wednesday; Zimmerman went 0-for-4. 

The Cubs are 5-2 in their last seven versus the NL East and 5-2 in their last seven playoff games. Chicago is also 4-1 in their last five playoff road games and 10-4 in their last 14 road games. 

Meanwhile, the Nationals are 7-2 in their last nine Thursday games and 2-6 in their last eight playoff home games. Washington is also 2-6 in the last eight divisional playoff home games and 2-4 in their last six playoff games. 

I wasn’t too confident in the Nats in Game 4 until it was announced that Strasburg would be starting, and he certainly did his job with 7.0 innings, three hits and 12 Ks. Chicago’s pitching woes were something of a group effort in that one, but the offense didn’t do the Cubbies too many favors either. Hendricks looked good in his lone postseason start from Game 1 (7.0 innings; two hits; zero runs), and Gonzalez went 5.0 innings with three earned in his Division Series start. This is a really close one to call, but I’m leaning toward Hendricks and the Cubs if the team can find their bats.

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