Jordan Zimmermann (5-2, 2.88 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (30-26) go up against Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.99 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (29-25) in the last of a four-game series at Nationals Park. The Cubs won the last game 4-2 and Chicago leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 7 and will air on CSN-CHI and MASN2.
Zimmermann has a 4.32 ERA and a 1-4 record in his career against the Cubs, and is up against a struggling Chicago offense that's hitting just .238 on the year. Bryce Harper (.333, 44 Rs, 19 HRs, 46 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Nationals, Hendricks is 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and four strikeouts. Anthony Rizzo (.328, 31 Rs, 11 HRs, 35 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Cubs, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Washington, a -146 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Nationals are 26-18 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -148. Washington has averaged 2.7 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.4.
On the other side, the Cubs have a record of 10-11 when they are the underdog and are -33 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-3 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 4-6. The Cubs will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Chicago's run production has dropped to 2.7 runs per game, compared to 4.4 for the duration of the season. Chicago is a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in the MLB with 45 stolen bases. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.21 on the year, good for fourth in the league. The Chicago pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.
This game will feature Hendricks (RHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 21-21 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Cubs will be the right-hander Zimmermann. They sport a 23-21 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Washington is 15-11, while Chicago is 13-12.
The Cubs are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Nationals have a record of 9-14 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 17-3. The Nationals have a 21-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Chicago has earned 216 this season. Washington ranks seventh with 243 runs.
Washington and Chicago both rank in the top five of the league in walks. Washington sits at fourth with 182 this season and Chicago ranks third with 185.
The Nationals are 22-10 when they hit at least one home run. The Cubs perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 19-12 record.