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Scherzer, Arrieta Do Battle At Nationals Park

The highlight for many baseball fans Tuesday will be the pitching battle between Max Scherzer and Jake Arrieta. Scherzer is the presumed leader in the NL Cy Young race while Arrieta is starting to show some dominance after a mediocre season to date. Which pitcher will have the edge when the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs continue their four-game series Tuesday?

  • The Nationals are 22-9 SU in their last 31 games with Max Scherzer as the starting pitcher.
  • The Cubs are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games against the Nationals.
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of the Nationals' last 14 games.

Scherzer is easily the best strikeout artist in the NL this season with 145 K’s on the season and 69 percent of his pitches resulting in strikes. The Nats ace has thrown double-digit K’s in six consecutive games while not walking more than two batters in any of those outings. Those six games have also seen Scherzer post a ridiculous 0.94 ERA with opponents hitting a mere .123.

Arrieta is coming off his best outing of the season, as the righty needed only 82 pitches to get through seven innings of one-run ball against Miami. Arrieta is still mowing down batters but he is allowing more hits and home runs per nine innings than he has since joining the Cubbies. The former Cy Young winner has openly admitted that the workload the past two seasons is taking its toll on his body, which means working efficiently will be important.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Washington Nationals were listed as -158 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total line around 8 earlier at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.7-3.8 victory for the Nationals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals sport a record of 45-31 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago Cubs sit at 39-37 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Chicago injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Washington Nationals and the league No. 4-ranked Chicago Cubs, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Washington Nationals No. 1 ranked offense (5.63 runs per game) against a Chicago Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 8 at 4.34 runs allowed per game. The Washington Nationals have been averaging 9.82 hits per game, more than the Chicago Cubs have managed so far this season (8.13 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Washington has the No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the No. 8 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Nationals, a 5-4 final on Monday in support of Eddie Butler at Nationals Park.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs's last 10 games
  • Chi Cubs is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Washington's last 14 games
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Washington is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Washington, Wednesday, June 28th