Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 7/30/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-135) Washington (+110)
Nationals Park is the site where Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals (46-54, 4th in NL East) will take on the Chicago Cubs (50-53, 4th in NL Central) on Friday. The Nationals open this contest at +110 while the Cubs are priced at -135. The O/U has been set at 9. The men taking the mound will be Trevor Williams and Jon Lester.
Chicago is slugging .397 and have been rung up 982 times, while taking a walk on 331 occasions. They have recorded 411 runs batted in as well as 757 base knocks for the year, while their average at the plate comes in at .227. The Cubs have accumulated 137 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 131 balls out of the stadium. They have earned 433 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .308. As a team, the Chicago Cubs are notching 4.2 runs per game, which has them sitting at 20th in MLB.
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The Cubs have a team ERA of 4.16 on the season (15th in the league), and their staff has struck out 907 hitters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.31 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.33. Cubs pitchers have given up 136 home runs in addition to 462 total runs (18th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 393 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.61 as a unit over the course of the season.
The Cubs have sent 378 relievers to the mound for the year. The relief pitchers have inherited 171 base runners on the year with 28.7% of them ended up scoring. They have accumulated 27 saves this season and have not converted 9 of 36 chances to save the game. The Cubs bullpen have a save percentage of 75.0% and has entered the game in 96 save situations. The relievers have 59 holds on the year (6th in the league). Cubs relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 106 times as well as having 108 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Chicago Cubs have accounted for 2,710 putouts for the season, as well as 974 assists and 55 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which is 9th in baseball, and have accumulated 642 double plays. The Cubs have turned 70.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of 8,130 innings, which has them sitting 8th in baseball.
Williams (35-39 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.57 while he has faced 2,556 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues. He has given up 606 hits (9.2 hits per nine innings) and has had 199 walks. His earned run average is 4.49 (296 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.357. Williams has pitched in 593 frames and is sitting with 477 strikeouts during his career.
The Washington Nationals have tallied an OBP of .329 and a batting average of .256 on the campaign. They have been rung up on 822 occasions (26th in the league) and are sitting with 844 hits. Washington is sitting with 115 home runs this season as well as 419 RBIs. The Nationals hold a team slugging percentage of .416 and they score 4.36 runs per game (17th in MLB). They have recorded 155 two-baggers, while getting a free base 308 times as well as scoring 436 runs.
The Nationals hold a team WHIP of 1.292 and have a FIP of 4.50 as a team this season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.66 (843 strikeouts against 317 free passes). They come in at 13th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 792. They have relinquished 136 homers and they allow 4.83 runs per 9 innings (18th in MLB). The Washington pitching staff have surrendered 461 runs this season while holding a team ERA of 4.35 (415 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 93 save situations, the Nationals have amassed 53 holds and also 15 blown saves. Washington has called on relief pitchers to step onto the mound in 38 save opportunities and they have recorded 23 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 96 times in high leverage situations in addition to 85 occasions with base runners. Washington relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 38.1% out of their 126 inherited runners. They rank 16th in the league with a save percentage of 60.5%, and they have sent 339 relief pitchers onto the field this year.
The Washington Nationals have turned 71 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .983 (21st in pro baseball). The Nationals have racked up 844 assists, 59 errors and have amassed 2,576 putouts this season. In their 7,728 innings played, the Nationals hold a defensive efficiency of 70.2% (9th in MLB).
Lester (196-116 win-loss mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.64 earned run average while surrendering 8.6 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.83 and he has gone up against 11,202 hitters thus far in his career. He has surrendered 1,082 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.274 and a FIP of 3.7. In his career, Lester has conceded 2,542 base hits while he has tallied 2,448 K's in 2,674 frames.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Washington (+110) and under 9 runs
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