Washington Nationals (41-37) at Chicago Cubs (33-44)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 28, 2014, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -120 / Washington Nationals +110 --- Over/Under:
The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs squareoff in game two of their doubleheader on Saturday.
Washington sits atop the National League East although their grip is far from strong with the Braves right on their tail. I believe the Nationals are taented enough to win the division but I have to see them win it to believe it because they have not been the model of consistency since winning the East in 2012. The Nats have much the same make up as that season but the team didn't endure many losing streaks in '12 because the bats and arms were on the same page more often then not and that hasn't always been the case since. Rookie Blake Treinen is scheduled to take the mound in the night cap of a DH at Wrigley Field on Saturday. Treinen is 0-3 in four 2014 starts despite a 2.08 ERA.
The Cubs haven't been known for their winning ways over the years and this season is not looking good in that respect. Sometimes the pitching and hitting come through but their record says one or both struggle more often then not. I would say Chicago needs offensive help more then anything but that might be splitting hairs. The bottom line is the Cubbies don't receive enough from either unit consistently and residiing in the top heavy National League Central where every team but the Cubs is in the running for the Central crown. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball in game number two of their doubleheader versus the visiting Nationals. Samardzija is only 2-6 even though he carries a 2.53 ERA.
Treinen hasn't won yet despite some solid numbers while Samardzija is in the same boat to an extreme degree. Washington is better and the numbers say they probably win but I'm backing Chicago but no way I''m betting Samardzija because he gets no help...