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OVERs Continue Thanks to Cubs Big Bats

The Chicago Cubs have scored more runs than anyone else in baseball so far this season and it’s those high-powered bats that have made them a boon for OVER bettors. The Cubs have gone OVER in 10 of their past 12 games and take a streak of six consecutive OVERs into their weekend series with the Washington Nationals Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 6-2 in the last eight games between the Cubs and Nationals.
  • The Cubs have won seven of their past eight games.
  • Kyle Hendricks is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against the Nationals.

If that trend is to continue then the Cubs will need to do something nobody has successfully done this season – hit Joe Ross. Ross has a 0.79 ERA and 0.97 WHIP through his first four starts of the season and has yet to allow a home run.

Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs following an eight-day layoff. Surprisingly, Hendricks has not been overly strong when well rested in his career, as the righty is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 career starts with six or more days rest.

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 20-6 heading into this matchup, while the Washington Nationals sit at 19-8 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Washington injuries news.

The Chicago Cubs sit at No. 1 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Washington Nationals sit at No. 2 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Chicago Cubs No. 1-ranked scoring average of 6.12 runs per game, against a Washington Nationals offense rated No. 11 and scoring 4.44 runs per game. The Cubs have averaged 8.73 hits per game to date this season, more than the Nationals hitters have managed (8.33 per nine innings).

Defensively, Washington features the No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 2.4 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 at home, scoring 4.9 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington routed Kansas City on Wednesday by a 13-2 score at Kauffman Stadium, plating runs all day in baseball betting action.

Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday at PNC Park behind starter J Lester.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Washington's last 21 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
  • Chi Cubs is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Chicago, Friday, May 6th