Chicago Cubs (83-57) at Washington Nationals (69-72)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 8, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under:
The Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals square off in game two of their doubleheader from Nationals Park in MLB action on Saturday.
The Chicago Cubs will look to keep their foot on the gas in game two of the doubleheader after game two on Friday was postponed due to rain. Ben Zobrist is batting .313 while Javier Baez leads the Cubs across the board with 35 doubles, 9 triples, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs while batting .295 this season. Chicago ranks 5th in the majors with 4.82 runs per game and 2nd in all of baseball with a .263 batting average as a team this season. Cole Hamels will make the start in the first half of the doubleheader and is 9-9 with a 3.67 ERA and 157 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hamels is 16-9 with a 2.63 ERA and 239 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals need a win no matter where it comes as the Nets find themselves slowly fading out of the playoff picture. Anthony Rendon leads Washington with 36 doubles this season while Trea Turner leads Washington with 156 hits and 35 stolen bases this season. Bryce Harper is batting .248 with a team-high 31 home runs and 89 RBIs while also leading the Nationals with 105 walks and 147 strikeouts this season. As a team, Washington ranks 11th in the majors with 4.63 runs per game and 10th in baseball with a .253 batting average. No starter has been announced for this matchup as of yet.
Chicago is 6-1 in Hamels’ last 7 starts and 12-4 in their last 16 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Washington is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the NL Central while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a left-handed starter. Chicago is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
No Starter has been announced for the Cubs as of yet, but I am still going Chicago here. Hamels has been solid for his new team, going 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in seven starts for the Cubs, with Chicago winning all but one of his starts following a team loss last time up. Washington appears to have resigned to their fate being on the outside looking in come October, so I’ll side with the Cubs to take the second half of the doubleheader on Saturday.