Vegas Odds & MLB Predictions: Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs (August 12th, 2018)
Chicago Cubs Host Washington to Settle Series on Sunday Night Baseball
The Cubs took the series opener by a 3-2 score even though Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson no-hit the Cubs through 5 2/3 innings. Still Chicago staged a rally in the sixth getting the bases loaded and they tied the game at two on a two-out single by Jason Heyward. Chicago loaded the bases again in the seventh and Anthony Rizzo walked to bring home the winning run.
On Saturday Washington once again got off to a strong start, up 3-0 after three innings, but this time once the Cubs got on the board, they did not take their foot off the gas. Ryan Zimmerman keyed the offense with two home runs and six RBIs all coming off Cubs starter Jon Lester.
The Nationals have picked up their game of late as they fight to get back into the NL East race. Their record since July 25th is 11-6 and that includes a 4-3 record against teams in the playoff mix. After Saturday’s win they found themselves five games off the pace.
After struggling for so long, Bryce Harper has started to look like himself again as he’s hitting .364 in August with three home runs and seven RBIs. Zimmerman has three home runs and 11 RBIs this month.
Chicago is 2.5 games up on Milwaukee, awaiting the final in the Brewers game on the strength of a 6-4 record since the start of August and a 12-11 record in the second half.
Washington is averaging 4.82 RPG in August and their team ERA is 3.58. Their record is 7-4.
Chicago is averaging 4.1 RPG in August and their team ERA is 4.45.
Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.28 ERA) continues to dominate as he looks for his third straight Cy Young award. He’s allowed a total of five earned runs in his last four starts and 27 innings (1.67 ERA). Washington lost to Atlanta 3-1 in his last outing, snapping a run of five straight wins with him on the mound.
Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.38 ERA) seems to be rejuvenated with his trade to the Cubs from the Rangers at the deadline. He’s allowed one run in 11 innings through two starts (0.82 ERA), leading his team to wins over the Royals and Pirates.
Washington is -138 favorites and Chicago +128 underdogs. The Nationals finally have some momentum going on both sides of the ball and they have their ace on the mound. I think Hamels pitches well, but Washington wins late. The Pick: Nationals 2-1.