Free MLB Pick: Nationals vs Cubs Odds
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Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs. John Lackey
MLB Moneyline Odds: Off
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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These are the teams with the two best records in the NL. It is still early in the season but the way they are pulling away from the pack these teams may be focused more on each other than division foes from here on out.
The Cubs just ripped through Pittsburgh to start the week and will have to avoid a letdown after extending their division lead.
The Nats are off to a hot start. They are second in pitching and led by the booming bat of Bryce Harper they are getting enough offense. So far it is hard to find a better hitting free agent pick up than Daniel Murphy.
His OPS is actually better than Harper’s. This duo has been carrying the team but now would be a good time for somebody else to start contributing.
So far Max Scherzer has been one of the Nats worst starters, that is how good things have been. He has a 3.55 ERA and people are ragging on him for killing the team ERA. He is still a great bet but will be challenged by this very potent Cubs offense.
Washington is sixth in bullpen ERA. Amazingly this group is bringing the team total up. It won’t stay that way forever as the rotation can’t possibly keep it up. The summary point is the pen is not an area to be greatly concerned with.
As this is being written on Thursday the Cubs have the best record in baseball. They are the first in the league to 20 wins. They are dominating too, scoring the most runs while also sporting the best team ERA.
Those figures should normalize but there is no reason they can’t lead the league in both.
At the dish they are scoring a ton even though no one player is having a crazy start. Anthony Rizzo has 9 homers but he is only hitting .260. The whole lineup takes its walks, there is almost always somebody on base it seems.
Like Scherzer, John Lackey is dragging down the team ERA. His is a grotesque 4.32 through 5 starts. He is coming off his best start of the season against Atlanta. The veteran always battles and gives this team a chance to win.
The Cubs bullpen is similar to Washington’s, strong numbers but pushing up the team ERA. Nothing to worry about. They are ranked fifth in ERA and second in batting average against.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-1-3 in Scherzers last 8 road starts.
- WAS are 6-2 in Scherzers last 8 starts.
- WAS are 6-2 in Scherzers last 8 starts on grass.
- Over is 9-1-2 in CHC last 12 overall.
- Over is 9-1-2 in CHC last 12 on grass.
- CHC are 39-15 in their last 54 overall.
Free Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
With the clubs weakest starters on the hill who knows what will happen – joking. I love the value with Washington here. They should be underdogs, which is rare in any game, let alone with Scherzer on the hill. It is too good to ignore even if it means you are picking against the best and hottest in in Major League Baseball.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Washington ML
I know picking against the Cubs is a losing strategy but they are not going to win all of their games, it just seems that they are that good. Washington is as good a pick as any for an upset.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 4 – Washington 3
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