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Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs - 5/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Saturday May 18, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)
National Park
Washington, DC
The Line
The Line: Chicago Cubs +132 / Washington Nationals -144 -- Over/Under: 8.5
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The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals meet Saturday in MLB action at National Park.

The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning 14 of their last 18 games. The Cubs have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Chicago Cubs have won 13 of their last 15 games when scoring four or more runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 59 hits and 30 RBI while Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras have combined for 84 hits and 60 RBI. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. Lester is 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Washington Nationals have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Adam Eaton leads the Nationals with 47 hits and 11 RBI while Victor Robles and Anthony Rendon have combined for 76 hits and 40 RBI. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 1-1 with a 2.23 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 21-8 in Lester's last 29 road starts and 38-17 in Lester's last 55 starts. The Nationals are 9-4 in their last 13 Saturday games, 13-3 in Strasburg's last 16 starts vs. National League Central and 70-28 in Strasburg's last 98 starts. The Cubs are 1-4 in Lester's last 5 starts vs. Nationals. The over is 37-13-2 in Strasburg's last 52 home starts. The over is 5-2 in Lester's last 7 starts overall.

We're getting plus money with a Chicago Cubs team that's lost seven games since April 15 and has a pitcher in Lester who has allowed one earned run in his last five games and five earned runs in each of his last 38.2 innings. Yes, I understand Strasburg is solid in his own right and probably should be favored at home, but the Cubs at this price in their current form with Lester the way he's pitching, I can't walk away from a price like this. Give me the Cubs based on the value.

Chicago Cubs +132

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