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

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS CHICAGO CUBS
64-43, 1st in National League East August 5, 2:20 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 57-51, 1st in National League Central
Washington at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:20 PM ET, Saturday, August 5, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, MLB Network, MASN (Washington), ABC 7 (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Edwin Jackson (2-1, 3.75 ERA) vs. Cubs RH John Lackey (8-9, 4.87)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Washington Nationals [E. Jackson -R] TBA +147 TBA
Chicago Cubs [J. Lackey -R] TBA -157 TBA
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The Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Wrigley Field.

The Nationals will trot Edwin Jackson out to the mound in this one. Right hander Jackson has a 2-1 record and a 3.75 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it’ll be John Lackey who starts for the Cubs. Right hander Lackey is 8-9 with a 4.87 ERA so far this season.

Jackson has been solid in three starts for the Nationals, going 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA. The 33-year-old was excellent last time out against Colorado, holding a potent Rockies lineup to one run and four hits over seven frames. Jackson is 3-5 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) against the Cubs.

Lackey has enjoyed a second-half revival, winning his first three starts since the All-Star break. The 38-year-old has allowed two runs or fewer in each outing and won at Milwaukee last time out, allowing two runs and five hits over six innings. Lackey is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA in seven starts against the Nationals, including a loss earlier this season in which he was tagged for eight runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 157-moneyline favorites versus the Nationals, while the game’s total has not yet been posted.

The Washington Nationals continue to wreak havoc on the road, as they’ve won 10 of their last 14 contests away from home heading into the second of a three-game series with the host Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Washington boasts a National League-best 35-21 road record after Friday’s 4-2 win over the Cubs.

Daniel Murphy homered twice to power the Nationals in the opener, as Washington increased its NL East lead to 13 games. The Cubs have lost three straight for the first time since a four-game skid from June 7-10, and their lead in the NL Central is down to a half-game over Milwaukee. Former Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson will start for the Nationals, but it might not be a happy homecoming for the veteran, as he is 10-19 with a 5.76 ERA in 43 career outings at Wrigley Field. The Cubs hope to get the bats going against Jackson after being stymied by Tanner Roark and an improved Washington bullpen, which combined for 2 2/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief Friday.

The Cubs were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at 149 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Washington was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Washington at 149 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

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Washington:
Team record: 64-43 SU
Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games
Washington is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road

Chicago:
Team record: 57-51 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Chi Cubs is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Chi Cubs is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 8 games

Next up:
Washington at Chicago Sunday, August 6

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Nationals RF Bryce Harper is 1-for-11 with three strikeouts against Lackey.

2. Cubs C Willson Contreras has reached base in 18 consecutive starts.

3. Washington LF Howie Kendrick is 10-for-21 in six games since being acquired from Philadelphia.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs  will win outright at -157 and the game will go over TBA runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cubs 7, Nationals 6 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
WSH TEAM CHC
5.47 RUNS 4.72
4.44 RUNS AGNST 4.34
1.03 DIFF 0.38
$274 MONEY -$1,757
4.09 TEAM ERA 3.92
9.53 OFF HITS 8.31
3.42 OFF WALKS 3.79
7.92 OFF Ks 8.46
8.22 DEF HITS 7.85
3.12 DEF WALKS 3.44
9.07 DEF Ks 8.80
INJURIES
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
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
BETTING TRENDS
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games on the road
Washington is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 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 6 of Washington’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Washington is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
CHICAGO CUBS
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 8 games
Chi Cubs are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games when playing Washington
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 8 games when playing at home against Washington
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 5.5 1 4.3 4
Washington’s Away Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Home Defense 5.4 1 4.7 9
Washington’s Road ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Home ERA Allowed 4.2 4 4.4 7
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Washington’s Overall Defense 4.7 7 4.4 6
Chi Cubs’s Home Scoring vs Washington’s Road Defense 4.8 6 4.4 5
Chi Cubs’s Home ERA vs Washington’s Road ERA Allowed 4.2 8 4.9 1
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
NATIONALS
Nationals give up the fewest free passes in the league allowing 2.5 per game.
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.

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