Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals - 8/25/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs
Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 12:20 PM (Wrigley Field )
Chicago Cubs -110 / Washington Nationals +100
TV: MASN, WGN
The Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs will match up on the MLB diamond to complete their series on Sunday.
In the Friday opener of this set, the Nats banged out a 9-3 win. On Saturday, the Nationals kept it going with a 7-2 victory.
For Sunday’s game, the Nationals will send out Stephen Strasburg in the start. Across his 165.0 innings and 15-5 mark this year, Strasburg has a 3.65 ERA with 191 Ks and 42 BBs.
Washington put up nine hits in the win Saturday. Turner, Eaton, Kendrick and Gomes each had two hits in that one.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they’re going with Cole Hamels on Sunday. In his 115.2 innings and 7-4 record so far, Hamels has a 3.73 ERA with 112 Ks and 41 BBs.
Chicago had seven hits as a team in the loss Saturday. Nick Castellanos and Javier Baez posted two hits apiece to lead the team in that game.
The Nationals are 24-4 in Strasburg’s last 28 Sunday starts and 41-12 in his last 53 with four days’ rest. Washington is 39-13 in Strasburg’s last 52 road starts and 82-33 in his last 115 starts.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 4-0 in their last four Sunday games and 6-1 in Hamels’ last seven home starts. Chicago is 14-6 in Hamels’ last 20 starts and 4-1 in his last five with four days’ rest.
Strasburg has been solid since his ugly game in Arizona, putting up seven earned in a total of 19.2 innings over three starts since then. Two of those outings were quality but he has just one win to show for it.
As for Hamels, he coughed up 12 earned over a 5.0-inning span but bounced back with three earned in 6.0 innings his last time up. Still, I think the Nationals and Strasburg have the advantage in the finale here. I’m going Washington.