This game could be low scoring as Jake Arrieta (6-0, 0.84 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (23-6) meet Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.35 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (19-11) in the last of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 8-5, extending a six-game winning streak. Chicago can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. The game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 8 and will air on WGN and MAS2.
In his last start, Arrieta pitched 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 7-1 victory over the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo (.267, 26 Rs, 10 HRs, 28 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. The Nationals were unsuccessful against the Royals 7-6 the last time Roark pitched. He went 7.1 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -230 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable.
So far this season, the Cubs are 3-0 against the Nationals.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 14-0, while Washington is 6-4.
The Nationals managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cubs who are heading in with a 7-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 3-8. The Cubs have a 2-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 36 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 37.
Ranking 19th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.10 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.79.
Ranking 16th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.722). Chicago ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .815.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 9-8. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 10-3 record.