Cubs vs Nationals Prediction 6/14/2016

Cubs vs Nationals Prediction 6/14/2016Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Pick & Prediction 6/14/2016

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals
Game Odds, Pick & Prediction

Tuesday June 14, 7:05pm EST

Odds: Cubs -115, O/U 8

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Chicago Cubs (43-18) vs. Washington Nationals (39-24)

Two 1st place teams in the National League clash for game 2 of their three game series.  Washington took game 1 after Max Scherzer pitched a gem.  Scherzer pitched 7 innings, gave up 2 hits, 1 ER and 11 strikeouts.  Tonight, Washington hands the ball to Gio Gonzalez (3-5, 3.93 ERA) and he will be countered by John Lackey (7-2, 2.63 ERA) for the Cubs.

Gio Gonzalez has struggled big time in the last three weeks and has lost his last four starts.  He faced the Cubs back in April and was lit up, surrendering five runs in 5.2 innings and was tagged with the loss, and is now 3-2 in his career agains the Cubs with a solid 3.10 ERA in 49.1 innings pitched. Washington’s pitching has been has been outstanding, boasting a 3.23 team ERA, good for third in the Majors while their offense is averaging 4.63 runs per game which is good for 10th in MLB.

John Lackey is off to a terrific start with the Cubs.  Lackey is pitching to win his fourth straight start.  Lackey faced the Nationals last month and performed well, giving up just two runs in seven innings getting the win in a game the Cubs won by an 8-6 score, and now sits at 2-0 with a 3.58 ERA in 32.2 career innings pitched against Washington. The Cubs strong offense is now averaging 5.49 runs per game, good for third in all of baseball, and they are sporting a 2.58 team batting average. The Chicago pitching staff has been brilliant, sporting a league leading 2.57 team ERA.

Chicago is:

10-2 in their last 12 road games against a right handed starter.
4-1 in Lackey’s last 5 starts.
6-0 in their last 6 games against the Nationals.
Washington is:
0-4 in Gonzalez’s last 4 starts
0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600
Nationals are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win
Cubs vs Nationals Prediction 6/14/2016: Side with the Cubs in this matchup. Lackey is pitching with a ton of momentum, allowing just one combined run in his last three starts, and has a 1.30 ERA in his last six starts.  Gonzalez allowed five runs earlier this season to the Cubs, and he has not been the same lately, posting an 7.07 ERA in his last five starts and seems to be off this season.  The Cubs offense will get Gonzalez and Chicago is 19-7 in their last 26 games vs. a left-handed starter.
Pick: Chicago Cubs -115

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