Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 3.86 ERA) and Tanner Roark (0-2, 2.66 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (24-19) and the Washington Nationals (26-18) at Wrigley Field. Action begins at 2:20 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 25 and can be seen on MASN2 and WGN.
Wada pitched 4.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Padres. When pitching against the Cubs, Roark is 1-2 with a 6.14 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts. Bryce Harper (.333, 39 Rs, 16 HRs, 41 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Washington is a narrow -108 favorite over Chicago. The Cubs have an overall money line of +380 and a record as the underdog of 9-8. Chicago is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 42 bases. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Cubs, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.8.
Over in the other dugout, Washington is coming in with an overall money line of +204 and an impressive record of 22-13 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 7-2 record, and a 7-3 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.8 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Nationals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.1 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Cubs have a 20-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Roark takes the mound. Wada (LHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a very good 6-3 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 12th time this season.
When the Nationals play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Cubs are 5-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cubs have a 1-4 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 13-3. The Nationals have an 18-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 185 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at second with 212.
Ranking ninth, Washington is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 147 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at third with 156.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 17-8, well-matched with the Nationals who are 19-7 when hitting one or more homers.