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Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals - 8/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Friday August 23, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)
Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois
The Line
Chicago Cubs -129 / Washington Nationals +100
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The Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs will match up to kick off their MLB series on Friday.

The Nats are coming off a four-game set against the Pirates. Washington lost 4-1 Tuesday but pummeled Pitt by a combined 24-1 Monday and Wednesday. On Thursday, the Nationals bagged another dominant win 7-1.

For the Friday game, the Nationals will send out Anibal Sanchez in the start. Over his 121.2 innings and 7-6 record this year, Sanchez has a 3.99 ERA with 104 Ks and 46 BBs.

Over on the Cubs’ side, they’re fresh off a series versus the Giants. Chicago won Tuesday 5-3 and eked one out 12-11 in the Wednesday game. On Thursday, the Cubs squeezed by again 1-0.

In the Friday outing, Chicago will go with Jon Lester as the starter. Across his 134.0 innings and 10-8 record this season, Lester has a 4.23 ERA with 132 Ks and 37 BBs.

The Nationals are 19-7 in their last 26 in game one of a series and 7-17 in their last 24 Friday games. The under is 5-1 in Washington’s last six Friday games and 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams at Wrigley.

Meanwhile, the Cubs are 1-5 in their last six games against the National League East and 25-8 in their last 33 home games versus a team with a winning record. The under is 17-5-2 in Chicago’s last 24 in game one of a series and 18-7-1 in their last 26 Friday games.

Sanchez had a rough outing against the Brewers his last time up, giving up five earned on eight hits in 4.0 innings. The good news is that the offense tends to back Sanchez up, and he’s 4-0 in his last nine games.

As for Lester, he had a rough couple of games early this month but got back on track with a quality start his last time out (zero earned in 6.0 innings). Still, I like the Nats offense and Sanchez here. I’m going Washington.

Washington Nationals +100

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