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Nationals at Cubs 8/10/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 9 August 2018 by Eddie
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Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs

MLB: 2:20 PM EST

Aug. 10, 2018

Latest Odds : CHC -150 Total 8.5

The Friday MLB schedule will get underway with a matchup between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs from Wrigley Field. On Thursday, Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings to lead the Nationals to a 6-3 victory versus Atlanta. Washington split the four game series with the Braves and is 5.5 games behind Philadelphia for the NL East Division lead.

Thirty-one year old righty Jeremy Hellickson (5-2 3.56 ERA) will make his 17th start of the season for the Nationals. Last time out, Hellickson allowed two runs over five plus innings during a 6-2 victory versus Cincinnati.

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The Chicago Cubs had yesterday off after taking two out of three in Kansas City this week. On Wednesday, Chicago managed just three hits during an ugly 9-0 loss to the Royals. SP Jose Quintana (10-8) allowed five runs in six plus innings and took the loss for the Cubs, who lead Milwaukee by two full games for the NL Central Division lead.

Chicago skipper Joe Maddon will turn to twenty-eight year old righty Kyle Hendricks (8-9 4.07 ERA) on Friday. Hendricks has won consecutive starts and has given up six runs over his last 13 plus frames.

Recent Betting Trends:

Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series.

Cubs are 4-1 in Hendricks' last 5 starts.

Under is 53-23-6 in Nationals last 82 road games.

Under is 21-4-1 in Hendricks' last 26 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.

Under is 4-1 in Hendricks' last 5 starts vs. Nationals.

Free Betting Pick: Washington Nationals +130

Chicago 3B Kris Bryant (shoulder) took grounders on Monday and his status remains uncertain. Through 115 games, Washington ranks 13th in batting average and 13th in runs scored. For the season, Chicago ranks 2nd in batting average and 5th in runs scored. Take Washington to score the upset in the series opener. Final Score Prediction, Washington Nationals win in upset 5-3.

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