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2019 MLB Season
(25-16) Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals (18-25)
Date: Saturday May 18, 2019
Time: 7:15 PM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Projected Pitchers: Lester vs. Strasburg
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nats -137 | Cubs +127
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8
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The Cubs entered Thursday with one less win than Milwaukee but four less wins. They lost some ground, however, losing while the Brew Crew won in Philly.
Luis Castillo pitched into the sixth inning for Cincinnati and gave up two runs, which raised his ERA. He gave up just two hits and struck out six.
Anthony Rizzo missed his fourth game in a row with back tightness. Victor Caratini returned from a broken bone to play first base in Rizzo’s absence.
Pedro Strop has also missed the last week-plus with a hamstring strain. He’s put up seven consecutive seasons of an ERA+ of at least 131 since arriving in Chicago. He was part of that Jake Arrieta trade in 2013.
Jon Lester has given up five earned runs in seven starts this season (38.2 innings pitched). He doesn’t yet qualify for the ERA title but when he does, he will become the NL’s leader, at least if he keeps up anything close to his current pace.
The Nationals got some runs on Thursday and that was good because they needed each and every one in a 7–6 win.
Gerardo Parra went 3-for-3 with a home run, scored three runs, and drove in three runs. Anibal Sanchez strained his groin in the second innings of his start and is on his way to the Injured List.
Erick Fedde came on and gave up four runs in just two-and-two-third but four relievers followed and each threw a shutout inning. Sean Dootlittle made it interesting in the ninth but nailed down his seventh save.
Stephen Strasburg fits right in with fellow aces Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin. All three strike out at least 10.6 batters per nine, walk fewer than three, surrender less than one home run, and give up less than a hit per inning.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1 in CHC last 8 overall.
- Under is 7-1 in CHC last 8 on grass.
- CHC are 20-7 in their last 27 overall.
- WAS are 9-4 in their last 13 Sat. games.
- Over is 37-13-2 in Strasburgs last 52 home starts.
- WAS are 70-28 in Strasburgs last 98 starts.
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