October 12, 2017
There is one pick today.
Take UNDER 7.5 total runs in Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals risking 3% of the bankroll.
(Hendricks and Gonzalez must start for wager to have action.)
This entire series have been a low scoring, grind it out type of matchup and we don't believe tonight will be any different. The Washington Nationals managed to stave off elimination last night, with a 5-0 victory in Game 4, however we believe the offense will be hard to come by tonight as the Cubs will send out their most reliable starter in the second half of the season in Kyle Hendricks who is 1-0 with a 0.50 ERA in his last 18 innings.
Washington may have found their offense last night to force Game 5, however, the fact remains that this team's offense is struggling at the plate. The Nationals have a collective team average of just .130 through the first four games of this series and despite scoring 5 runs last night, managed just 5 total hits! Nine of the 12 runs that Washington has scored in this series have come in the eighth inning alone. Oddly enough, all nine of those runs came in the teams' two victories in this series.
The Cubs have also been hit or miss with their offense this series, having most recently been shut out in Game 4. Chicago has only scored 8 runs in this series, which is 4 less than the Nationals have, and we have seen how hapless they have looked on the offensive side of the ball. The focus of this series has been on the starting pitchers and tonight's matchup has all the makings of another classic pitchers' duel.
This is the final game of the series, which means that both manager's will be looking to pull out all the stops. We would expect either pitcher to be pulled at the first sign of trouble to not allow the opposing offense to jump out to a lead. Mistakes in this type of matchup can severely cost a team, especially with this being a win or go home scenario. Both Joe Maddon and Dusty Baker will be looking to bring fresh arms into the contest multiple times this game in an effort to get out of innings quickly. This will shorten the game and prevent both offenses to get into any type of rhythm at the plate. We wouldn't be surprised if this turned out to be 2-1 game much like Game 3. We expect this to be a strategic contest with the team who makes the least number of mistakes coming out victorious. Runs will be hard to come by as this game stays safely under the posted total.
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