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2017 NL Division Series
Date: Friday October 6, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington DC
Projected Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks vs. Stephen Strasburg
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals -158 | Cubs +153
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7 (-120)
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I suppose you can say the Cubs survived the regular season with a chance to get another title. They are definitely not the favorites this season, no paper or sentimentally and probably have to do it a little bit differently this season.
The playoffs are funny though. You take game one and things shift pretty quickly.
Kyle Hendricks was superb last season but this year things regressed. He gets this important assignment. He was good in the playoffs a year ago but not in the NLDS where he had a short outing.
The Cubs really need him in this spot even though he is not their ace.
Hendricks will make his first postseason start since Game 7 of the World Series.
Since returning from a hand injury in late July Hendricks has posted an NL-best 2.19 ERA.
The Nats have still not announced their starter for game one but I don’t see how it isn’t Stephen Strasburg with Max Scherzer nursing an injury. He struck out 13 Cubs in a home win back in June.
***THIS JUST IN*** Stephen Strasburg is going to start vs. the Cubs in game 1. (11am Thursday announcement via Twitter)
The lineup looks like it will be what they want it to be.
A lot of those guys are going to have to forget their histories to just get the job done and if Stras pitches well it will take the pressure off.
Strasburg went 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA in 28 starts this season.
He was perhaps the hottest pitcher in MLB over the second half, posting a 0.86 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings over 10 starts after the All-Star break.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- CHC are 14-3 in their last 17 games on grass.
- Under is 6-2 in CHC last 8 road games.
- CHC are 7-3 in their last 10 playoff games.
- Under is 5-2-1 in WAS last 8 Fri. games.
- Under is 5-2-1 in WAS last 8 home games.
- WAS are 3-7 in their last 10 playoff games.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction:
Assuming Strasburg I like the Cubs a lot here. They are at home of course and should be relaxed and ready to roll. Getting Hendricks doesn’t hurt either. He might pitch well he might not but there is nothing to fear.
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Strasburg has been really consistent this season (only three starts with more than 3 runs allowed) so an implosion seems unlikely. The Nats get a methodical win.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Washington 5 – Chicago 2
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