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Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals - 8/12/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Nationals (60-57) at Chicago Cubs (67-49)
Date & Time Sunday August 12, 2018, 8:08 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Cubs +131 / Washington Nationals -141 --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN
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MLB | Washington Nationals (60-57) at Chicago Cubs (67-49)
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The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs meet Sunday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.

The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Nationals have scored 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Washington Nationals have won 10 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 128 hits and 49 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 198 hits and 129 RBI. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he is 15-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 216 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs look for a victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 125 hits and 89 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Albert Almora Jr. have combined for 206 hits and 106 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 7-9 with a 4.38 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 16-9 with a 2.67 ERA and 230 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 7-17 in their last 24 road games, 36-15 in Scherzers last 51 road starts and 51-21 in Scherzers last 72 starts. The Cubs are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 23-9 in their last 32 vs. National League East. The Nationals are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Chicago and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.

Scherzer is a strong candidate for the NL CY Young and has allowed three or less runs in nine of his last 10 starts and has 27 strikeouts in his last 21 innings. The Nats also need to stay winning if they're going to get back in the thick of the playoff race. On the flipside, Hamels has been pretty good since leaving the Rangers, as he's given up just 10 hits and two runs in 11 innings and is averaging a strikeout per inning. While betting against Scherzer is never easy and usually doesn't pay off, we're getting a pretty good pitcher and the better team at home for plus money. I'm all about my value. Give me the Cubs.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs +131

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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