Chicago Cubs (27-23) at Washington Nationals (29-23)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 4, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals -122 / Chicago Cubs +112 --- Over/Under: 7
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The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals begin a four-game series Thursday night.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Cubs have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Cubs have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 58 hits and 31 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 58 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have lost four of their last six road games. Jake Arrieta gets the nod, and he’s 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 0-1 with a 5.81 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals look for a win after losing five of their last six games. The Nationals have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four straight games. The Nationals have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 60 hits and 14 RBI while Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman have combined for 77 RBI. The Washington Nationals have split their last six home games. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 4-2 with a 4.73 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 14-6 in Arrietas last 20 starts as an underdog. The Nationals are 8-2 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in Gonzalezs last 6 starts. The Nationals are 4-1 in Gonzalezs last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
Both teams are in a bit of a funk, which is why I'm siding with the Cubs and the plus money. Washington just can't put runs on the board right now.