Washington Nationals (41-37) at Chicago Cubs (33-44)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 28, 2014, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs +140 / Washington Nationals -150 --- Over/Under:
The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs will play game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Nationals have lost three straight games and are still three games above a .500 record. The Nationals pitching staff has been a little shaky lately, allowing four or more runs in four of their last eight games, including five or more in three straight games. Of course, the Nationals have the best ERA in baseball at 3.07. Offensively, Anthony Rendon has seven RBI in his last 10 games and Adam LaRoche has 14 hits in his last 10 games. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 4.38 ERA and has 64 strikeouts in 61.2 innings. Gonzalez is 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs.
The Cubs have won three of their last four games and are 10 games below a .500 record. The Cubs offense has caught fire lately, scoring five or more runs in five of their last nine games. Offense hasn’t been a strong point for the Cubs, but they have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro has nine BRI in his last nine games. Pitching wise, the Cubs have an ERA of 3.55, ninth best in the league. Dallas Beeler makes his major league debut in this game. Beeler was 17-21 with a 3.71 ERA and had 234 strikeouts in 364.1 innings in the minors.
The Nationals are 11-5 in Gonzalez's last 16 starts with 4 days of rest and 26-12 in Gonzalez's last 38 road starts. The Cubs are 11-29 in their last 40 during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in their last 4 opening games of a double-header.
It's only so long the Nationals continue to struggle and you have to think they'll get rolling with Gonzalez on the mound and against a rookie. Washington should win this game.