Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs 8/11/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, August 11, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs. Jon Lester
The Washington Nationals visit Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 11, 2018 to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Tanner Roark for the Nationals and Jon Lester for the Cubs.
The opening line for this matchup has Washington at +132 and Chicago at -142. The Nationals have a 48-64-3 over/under record and a 56-59-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 59-55-0 against the run line and have a 53-59-2 over/under record.
Valuable Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 48-64-3 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 56-59-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 53-59-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 59-55-0 against the run line
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
08/09/18 RF Bryce Harper Leg is "?" Friday vs Chicago Cubs
08/08/18 Kelvin Herrera Shoulder 10-day DL (08/08)
07/26/18 P Stephen Strasburg Neck 10-day DL (07/22)
07/10/18 P Sean Doolittle Toe 10-day DL (07/07)
07/05/18 P Erick Fedde Oblique 10-day DL (07/05)
06/12/18 SS Adrian Sanchez Undisclosed 10-day DL (06/12)
05/21/18 LF Howie Kendrick Ankle 60-day DL (05/20); is out for season
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)
03/26/18 P Joe Ross Elbow 60-day DL (02/21)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
08/03/18 P Brian Duensing Shoulder 10-day DL (08/03)
07/26/18 3B Kris Bryant Shoulder 10-day DL (07/24)
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 10-day DL (05/23)
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 59-56 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Tanner Roark has a 6-12 record with an earned run average of 4.21 and a WHIP of 1.28 this season. He has 118 strikeouts over his 136.2 innings pitched and he's given up 131 hits. He's allowed 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.11. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 319 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .233 against the bullpen and they've struck out 351 hitters and walked 117 batters. As a team, Washington allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 929 base hits and 437 earned runs. They have allowed 133 home runs this season, ranking them 15th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 322 batters and struck out 1,022. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 3.93.
As a team Washington is hitting .250, good for 12th in the league. The Nationals hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Bryce Harper is hitting .234 with an on-base percentage of .378. He has 91 hits this season in 389 at bats with 71 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .501 and an OPS+ of 129. Trea Turner is hitting .271 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .343. He has totaled 125 hits and he has driven in 48 men in 462 at bats. His OPS+ is 98 while his slugging percentage is at .413. The Nationals have 974 hits, including 190 doubles and 138 home runs. Washington has walked 430 times so far this season and they have struck out 922 times as a unit. They have left 818 men on base and have a team OPS of .743. They score 4.58 runs per contest and have scored a total of 527 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 66-48 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.44, Jon Lester has a 12-4 record and a 1.29 WHIP. He has 100 strikeouts over the 130.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 118 hits. He's allowing 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.82. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.38 and they have given up 348 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 411 batters and walked 198 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 919 base knocks and 438 earned runs this season. They have given up 119 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 474 hitters and struck out 925 batters. They give up a walk 4.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.36.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 2nd in the league. The Cubs hold a .424 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .344, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.2 hits per contest. Willson Contreras comes into this matchup batting .278 with an OBP of .367. He has 97 hits this year along with 40 RBI in 349 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .444 with an OPS+ of 113. Kyle Schwarber is hitting .243 this season and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 79 hits in 325 at bats while driving in 48 runs. He has an OPS+ of 118 and a slugging percentage of .471. The Cubs as a unit have 1,054 base hits, including 212 doubles and 121 homers. Chicago has walked 435 times this year and they have struck out on 950 occasions. They have had 891 men left on base and have an OPS of .768. They have scored 4.96 runs per game and totaled 565 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs -142
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