John Lackey (3-1, 4.32 ERA) and Max Scherzer (3-1, 3.55 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs (21-6) and the Washington Nationals (19-9) at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 5-2, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:20 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 6 and can be seen on CSCh, MASN and MLBN.
Lackey pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Braves. Scherzer went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out nine in a 6-1 win over the Cardinals in his most recent start. Bryce Harper (.274, 19 Rs, 10 HRs, 26 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Chicago and Washington are Cubs -110, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now.
The Cubs have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 13-0, while Washington is 6-3.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Cubs have a 3-1 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 15-2. The Cubs have an 18-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 164 this season. Washington ranks in the top half at 12th with 122.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 141 this season. Washington ranks in the top half with 90.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 16-2. When the Nationals hit at least one homer, they have a 14-5 record.