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Arrieta Aims To Continue Historic Play

Jake Arrieta may be the best pitcher in the world during a time when fireballers come at a premium. Arrieta is a perfect 6-0 this season while allowing just 20 hits and four runs over 43.0 innings. The stunningly good pitcher will take the mound for the Chicago Cubs when they complete their series with the Washington Nationals Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 8-1 in the Cubs past nine games.
  • The Nationals have now lost four of their past five despite averaging 6.4 runs per game.
  • The Cubs have averaged 6.8 runs per game during their current six-game winning streak.

Tanner Roark will be the next pitcher who will have the unenviable task of attempting to keep up with Arrieta when he starts for the Nats. Roark – who has been solid if unspectacular this season – has struggled against the Cubs in his career. Roark has a 5.33 ERA in four career starts against the Chi Cubs, his second-worst against any team he has faced four or more times.

The Cubs will look to sweep the Nationals Sunday and have won each game of the series by two runs or more. Utility knife Ben Zobrist has been the key offensive piece of the Cubbies this series with the veteran going 5-for-9 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 23-6 heading into this matchup, while the Washington Nationals sit at 19-11 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Washington injuries news.

The Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals odds would favor the Cubs if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Washington is at No. 4.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Chicago Cubs No. 1-ranked scoring average of 6.21 runs per game, against a Washington Nationals offense rated No. 10 and scoring 4.43 runs per game. The Cubs have averaged 8.79 hits per game to date this season, more than the Nationals hitters have managed (8.1 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Washington owns the No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 3.17 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Nationals were saddled with a loss last time out in G Gonzalez's start, as they lost 8-5 against Chicago on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Detroit, Monday, May 9th
Chicago home to San Diego, Monday, May 9th