Gio Gonzalez (3-5, 3.93 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (40-24) go up against John Lackey (7-2, 2.63 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (43-19) in the second of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 4-1, and Washington leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 14 and will air on WLS and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Gonzalez pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 3-1 loss to the White Sox. Daniel Murphy (.367, 38 Rs, 11 HRs, 42 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Cubs were victorious over the Phillies 8-1 the last time Lackey pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out eight. Anthony Rizzo (.265, 38 Rs, 14 HRs, 47 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The Cubs are a -115 favorite with a total of 8 for this battle of NL top contenders for the World Series.
Pick - ChC
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the ninth time this season.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Cubs have a 2-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 4-14. The Nationals have a 5-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 75 this season. Washington ranks in the top five with 87.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 263 this season. Washington ranks sixth with 225 walks.
The Nationals are 32-13 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 34-7 when they hit at least one homer.