Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals 9/8/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, September 8, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Max Scherzer
Nationals Park is the site of the matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Cole Hamels for the Cubs and Max Scherzer for the Nationals.
Chicago opens at +147 while Washington opens at -157. The Cubs have a 64-74-2 over/under record and a 73-67-0 run line mark. The Nationals are 64-77-0 against the run line and have a 64-73-4 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 64-74-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 73-67-0 against the run line
Important Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 64-73-4 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 64-77-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
09/07/18 LF Kyle Schwarber Back is questionable Friday vs Washington Nationals
09/06/18 RF Mark Zagunis Shoulder 60-day DL (09/04)
09/01/18 RF Jason Heyward Abdominal 10-day DL (08/31)
08/30/18 C Bobby Wilson Ankle 10-day DL (08/24)
07/21/18 P Anthony Bass Back 10-day DL (07/21)
07/19/18 P Brandon Morrow Biceps 10-day DL (07/18)
06/27/18 P Justin Hancock Shoulder 60-day DL (06/26)
06/24/18 P Rob Zastryzny Back 10-day DL (06/24)
05/26/18 P Yu Darvish Triceps 60-day DL (05/23)
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
09/06/18 C Matt Wieters Hip is questionable Friday vs Chicago Cubs
08/21/18 P Tommy Milone Shoulder 10-day DL (08/20)
08/17/18 P Jeremy Hellickson Wrist 10-day DL (08/16)
08/14/18 LF Howie Kendrick Ankle is out for season
07/10/18 P Sean Doolittle Toe 10-day DL (07/07)
06/12/18 SS Adrian Sanchez Undisclosed 10-day DL (06/12)
04/21/18 P Matt Grace Groin 10-day DL (04/21)
04/19/18 C Jhonatan Solano Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
03/30/18 P Joaquin Benoit Forearm 60-day DL (03/28)
03/30/18 P Koda Glover Shoulder 60-day DL (03/28)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 83-57 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 9-9 record with an earned run average of 3.67 and a WHIP of 1.27 this year. He has 157 strikeouts over his 159.1 innings pitched and he's given up 148 hits. He's allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.36. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.33 and they have given up 425 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the bullpen and they've struck out 495 hitters and walked 232 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 1,139 base hits and 520 earned runs. They have allowed 136 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 547 batters and struck out 1,145. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.16.
As a team Chicago is hitting .263, good for 2nd in the league. The Cubs hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.2 hits per game. Javier Baez is hitting .295 with an on-base percentage of .326. He has 155 hits this season in 525 at bats with 100 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .568 and an OPS+ of 128. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .286 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .382. He has totaled 140 hits and he has driven in 91 men in 489 at bats. His OPS+ is 126 while his slugging percentage is at .489. The Cubs have 1,281 hits, including 252 doubles and 152 home runs. Chicago has walked 509 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,190 times as a unit. They have left 1,075 men on base and have a team OPS of .760. They score 4.82 runs per contest and have scored a total of 675 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Washington has a 69-72 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.28, Max Scherzer has a 16-6 record and a 0.88 WHIP this season. He has 260 strikeouts over the 193.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 124 hits. He allows 5.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.73. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.98 and they have given up 410 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the Nationals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 426 batters and walked 150 opposing hitters. As a team, Washington allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.02. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,155 base knocks and 562 earned runs this season. They have given up 175 home runs this year, which ranks 9th in Major League Baseball. Washington as a staff has walked 408 hitters and struck out 1,223 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.14.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 10th in the league. The Nationals hold a .416 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Trea Turner comes into this matchup batting .271 with an OBP of .340. He has 156 hits this year along with 59 RBI in 575 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .412 with an OPS+ of 97. Bryce Harper is hitting .248 this season and he has an OBP of .385. He has collected 119 hits in 479 at bats while driving in 89 runs. He has an OPS+ of 130 and a slugging percentage of .501. The Nationals as a unit have 1,214 base hits, including 241 doubles and 166 homers. Washington has walked 516 times this year and they have struck out on 1,136 occasions. They have had 1,010 men left on base and have an OPS of .745. They have scored 4.63 runs per game and totaled 653 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Nationals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Nationals -157
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