Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.91 ERA) and Joe Ross (3-0, 0.79 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs (20-6) and the Washington Nationals (19-8) at Wrigley Field. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 5 and can be seen on CSN+ and MAS2.
Hendricks pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 4-3 win over the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo (.260, 22 Rs, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, one home run, and one RBI. Ross went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 6-1 win over the Cardinals in his last outing. Daniel Murphy (.398, 17 Rs, 4 HRs, 17 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 4 for 5 yesterday with four runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Chicago and Washington are Cubs -150, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Nationals won their last game by an 11-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Cubs are 1-0. The Nationals are also 1-0 in blowouts this season.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Nationals have a 10-2 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 2-5. The Nationals have a 3-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Chicago has hit 30 this season. Washington ranks eighth with 34 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Washington is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.33 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 with 8.73.
Ranking 16th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.727). Chicago ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .793.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 9-5, well-matched with the Cubs who are 8-3 when allowing at least one homer.