Chicago Cubs (83-59) at Washington Nationals (71-72)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 9, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals +104 / Chicago Cubs -114 --- Over/Under: 9.5
NSCH, MASN, TBS
The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals meet Sunday in MLB action at Nationals Park.
The Chicago Cubs look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 14 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 156 hits and 100 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist have combined for 261 hits and 146 RBI. Mike Montgomery gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 3.85 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. Montgomery is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals also need a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight straight games. The Washington Nationals have split their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 157 hits and 61 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 257 hits and 162 RBI. Erick Fedde gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 6.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Fedde’s second career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10 Sunday games, 29-13 in their last 43 during game 4 of a series and 2-6 in Montgomerys last 8 starts. The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series, 0-7 in Feddes last 7 home starts and 1-4 in Feddes last 5 starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Cubs have lost seven of the last nine games in which Montgomery has pitched, and he's allowing a .271 batting average on the season. Fedde has been tagged in the limited innings he's pitched this season, giving up six homers in 33 innings and allowing a .315 batting average. I'm not trying to get behind either of these pitchers and it won't be any easier picking a side with them playing a doubleheader yesterday that didn't end until almost two in the morning. Guys have to play on less than 12 hours after just playing two games. Yuck. Give me the over.