Cubs at Nationals 10/12/17 - NLDS Game 5 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals
MLB: 8:08 PM EST
Oct. 12, 2017
Latest Odds : CHC -128 Total 7.5
The National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals will come down to a winner-take-all Game Five on Thursday night from Nationals Park. On Wednesday, Chicago managed just three hits and committed two errors during a 5-0 home loss. SP Jake Arrieta walked five batters across four frames and took the loss.
Twenty-seven year old righty Kyle Hendricks (7-5 3.03 ERA) will take the mound for the Cubs in this matchup. In the series opener, Hendricks allowed just two hits over seven frames during a 3-0 Chicago victory.
The Washington Nationals showed plenty of character during Wednesday’s drizzly victory. SP Stephen Strasburg overcame an illness to strike out 12 batters over seven frames and earn the victory. Washington OF Michael Taylor’s eighth inning grand slam put the game out of reach.
Washington has not named a starter for this contest, but it will likely be Tanner Roark or Gio Gonzalez. Whoever Washington skipper Dusty Baker chooses, it will be an all-hands on deck game for the Nationals to advance.
Recent Betting Trends:
Cubs are 10-4 in their last 14 road games.
Nationals are 2-6 in their last 8 playoff home games.
Under is 7-3 in Cubs last 10 road games.
Under is 33-14-7 in Nationals last 54 overall.
Under is 8-2-1 in Nationals last 11 vs a team with a winning record.
Free Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs -128
Through 162 games, Chicago ranked 16th in batting average and 4th in runs scored. For the season, Washington ranked 4th in batting average and 5th in runs scored. Washington put together a gritty effort in Game Four, but Chicago will rebound on Thursday and advance to the National League Championship Series. Final Score Prediction, Chicago Cubs win 4-2.