Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, Thursday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, MLB Baseball Odds, Picks and Predictions

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CHICAGO CUBS WASHINGTON NATIONALS
39-39, 2nd in National League Central June 29, 4:05 PM | Grass of Nationals Park 47-31, 1st in National League East
Chi. Cubs at Washington, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 4:05 PM ET, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, CSN Chicago, MASN (Washington)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jon Lester (5-4, 3.83 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Joe Ross (4-3, 5.40)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Chicago Cubs [J. Lester -L] +1½ -195 +103 Ov 9½ +100
Washington Nationals [J. Ross -R] -1½ +170 -113 Un 9½ -120
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The Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Nationals Park.

The Cubs will pin their hopes on the pitching of left hander Jon Lester in this game. Lester has a 5-4 record and a 3.83 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it’ll be Joe Ross who starts for the Nationals. Right hander Ross is 4-3 with a 5.40 ERA so far this season.

Lester has posted a season-high three straight quality starts, going 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA over that stretch. The 33-year-old pitched seven innings in a win at Miami on Saturday, allowing three runs and four hits in his second straight road win after going 0-2 in his first five road outings. Lester is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in four career starts against the Nationals.

Ross has endured an up-and-down season, but he has put together two straight quality starts and is coming off one of his best outings of the year. The 24-year-old limited Cincinnati to one run and six hits over seven innings in a win Saturday. Ross is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against the Cubs.

Oddsmakers currently have the Nationals listed as 113-moneyline favorites versus the Cubs, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

The Washington Nationals have used dominant starting pitching to claim the past two games against the visiting Chicago Cubs, but the Cubs hope ace Jon Lester will give them the upper hand in the finale of the four-game series Thursday. The Cubs need a strong outing from Lester after seeing their starters roughed up and knocked out relatively early in back-to-back losses.

The Nationals are 4-2 on a seven-game homestand that wraps up Thursday, and they hope Joe Ross can continue the trend of strong starting pitching set by Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg the past two nights. The Cubs’ roster upheaval continued Wednesday, as veteran catcher Miguel Montero was designated for assignment a day after allowing seven stolen bases and criticizing Jake Arrieta’s inability to hold runners in a postgame interview. Chicago called up catcher Victor Caratini, who grounded out as a pinch hitter in his major-league debut Wednesday. The Cubs hope another roster move is not imminent, as reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant left Wednesday’s game with a “mild to moderate” ankle sprain and will be unavailable Thursday, further decimating the lineup with starters Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist on the disabled list.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 8-4 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -178 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 8-4 loser as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -178 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Chicago:
Team record: 39-39 SU
Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games

Washington:
Team record: 47-31 SU
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington’s last 16 games
Washington is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Cincinnati Friday, June 30
Washington at St. Louis Friday, June 30

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy is 16-for-47 with three homers and 12 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak.

2. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo’s home run Wednesday was his 27th in the month of June over the past four seasons, the most in the NL during June over that stretch.

3. Washington SS Trea Turner swiped his major league-leading 33rd stolen base Wednesday, giving him more stolen bases than 10 teams.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs  will win outright at +103 and the game will stay under 9½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Nationals 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
CHC TEAM WSH
4.62 RUNS 5.67
4.41 RUNS AGNST 4.44
0.21 DIFF 1.23
-$1,673 MONEY $181
3.99 TEAM ERA 4.13
8.03 OFF HITS 9.82
3.88 OFF WALKS 3.50
8.56 OFF Ks 7.72
8.05 DEF HITS 8.40
3.36 DEF WALKS 2.91
8.79 DEF Ks 9.04
INJURIES
CHICAGO CUBS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Pedro Strop P 15-Day Disabled List
Dallas Beeler P 15-Day Disabled List
Aaron Brooks P 15-Day Disabled List
Zac Rosscup P 60-Day Disabled List
Kyle Schwarber OF 15-Day Disabled List
Christian Villanueva 3B 60-Day Disabled List
Chris Coghlan OF 15-Day Disabled List
Joe Smith P 15-Day Disabled List
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Aaron Barrett P 60-Day Disabled List
Joe Ross P 15-Day Disabled List
Stephen Drew 2B 15-Day Disabled List
Sammy Solis P 15-Day Disabled List
Stephen Strasburg P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
CHICAGO CUBS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 6-15 SU in their last 21 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Washington
Chi Cubs are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington’s last 16 games
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Washington is 4-8 SU in their last 12 games when playing Chi Cubs
Washington is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Washington is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Washington’s Overall Defense 4.6 9 4.4 4
Chi Cubs’s Away Scoring vs Washington’s Home Defense 4.5 8 4.3 5
Chi Cubs’s Road ERA vs Washington’s Home ERA Allowed 4.0 4 5.6 3
Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 5.7 1 4.4 3
Washington’s Home Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Road Defense 5.7 3 4.5 6
Washington’s Home ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Road ERA Allowed 3.9 5 4.2 7
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
CUBS
Cubs are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.7 runs per game.
Cubs have the second worst hits stat in the league at 8.1 per game.
Cubs give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.3 per game.
NATIONALS
Nationals give up the fewest free passes in the league allowing 2.5 per game.

 

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