Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Friday May 17, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals -151 / Chicago Cubs +139 -- O/U: 7.5
The Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Friday night.
The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound after losing the rubber match of their series with Cincinnati, dropping the series finale on Friday by a final score of 4-2. Willson Contreras went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Javier Baez went 2 for 4 with a double and Daniel Descalso had a base hit as Chicago mustered up just four hits as a team in the loss. Jose Quintana took the loss, falling to 4-3 on the year after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Cole Hamels will start game one and is 3-0 with a 3.08 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hamels is 16-9 with a 2.67 ERA and 244 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to pick up some steam after winning their series with the Mets, including a 7-6 win in the series finale on Thursday. Gerardo Parra went 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and three RBIs while Kurt Suzuki went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Anthony Rendon had an RBI while Howie Kendrick had a double as well. Adam Eaton, Victor Robles, Adrian Sanchez and Michael A. Taylor each had base hits as well in the winning effort. Dan Jennings got the win to improve to 1-2 this season while Sean Doolittle closed out the 9th for his 7th save of the season. Max Scherzer will start game one and is 2-4 with a 3.64 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 73 strikeouts against the Cubs.
Chicago is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 20-7 in their last 27 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games. Washington is 0-5 in Scherzer’s last 5 home starts and 4-17 in their last 21 Friday games while the under is 4-2-2 in their last 8 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Scherzer’s last 5 starts against Chicago.
Washington being favored at home makes sense with Scherzer on the mound who’s due to turn things around and given that Chicago surprisingly dropped their series with Cincinnati, the Nationals would be a logical pick here. However, even with losing the series, Chicago has been playing the much better baseball over the last month, and at plus money, I can’t pass up the value that the Cubs bring to the table.