In the first of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (39-24) and the Chicago Cubs (43-18) at Nationals Park, Max Scherzer (7-4, 3.57 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 2.90 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 13 and will air on CSCh, MASN and ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Scherzer pitched 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking one in an 11-4 victory over the White Sox. Bryce Harper (.258, 37 Rs, 13 HRs, 38 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one run. The Cubs were unsuccessful the last time Hendricks pitched. He pitched well, going 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies. Anthony Rizzo (.264, 38 Rs, 14 HRs, 47 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Cubs, going 3 for 6 yesterday with two runs and three RBIs.
The Nationals are a -130 favorite in the top pitching matchup of the night. The total is 7, the lowest on the board.
Pick - ChC
The Cubs won their last game by an 11-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Nationals are 1-0. The Cubs are 2-0 in blowouts this season.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 22-5, while Washington is 17-8.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Nationals have a 6-7 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 32-6. The Cubs have a 35-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 10th in runs, Washington has earned 292 this season. Chicago ranks third with 335 runs.
Ranking 10th, Washington is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.756). Chicago ranks in the top five with an OPS of .780.
When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 18-13, well-matched with the Nationals who are 24-20 when allowing at least one homer.