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Cubbies Have Another NLCS Berth in Their Sights

The Chicago Cubs regained the series lead in their National League Division Series thanks to a bloop single by Anthony Rizzo late in Game 3, and the reigning World Series champions have an opportunity to book their ticket to the NL Championship Series with Game 4 set for Tuesday.

Xbet opened the Cubbies as -152 home favorites with a total of 7.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Nationals are 25-8 SU in their last 33 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The Nationals are 2-7 SU in their last nine games as underdogs against the Cubs.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 16 of the Nationals’ last 22 games as underdogs against the Cubs.

Tanner Roark and Jake Arrieta will get the ball for the Nats and Cubs in this one. Roark (13-11, 4.67 ERA) made two relief appearances in the 2014 NLDS and got his first playoff start against the L.A. Dodgers in last year’s division series, allowing two runs and seven hits over 4.1 innings in a no-decision. The 31-year-old is 4-2 with a 4.06 ERA in seven career games against Chicago.

Arrieta (14-10, 3.53) is no stranger to the spotlight, going 4-2 with a 3.64 ERA in seven starts over the last two postseasons, including a pair of wins in last year’s World Series. The 31-year-old hasn’t fared well against the Nats, however, as he owns a 1-2 record with a 5.48 ERA in nine career meetings with Washington.

Dating back to the regular season, Chicago has been absolutely teeing off on right-handed starters. In the Cubbies’ last 19 vs righties, they’re 17-2 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Chicago was a -145 moneyline favorite earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made oddsmakers at 5Dimes pick an opening OVER/UNDER number of 7.5.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.1-2.6 result in favor of the Cubs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Chicago (94-71) will face the 98-67 Nationals in this tilt. 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 OddsShark poll, while Washington is at No. 19.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Chicago Cubs and their No. 4-rated batting order, averaging 5.03 runs per nine innings, against the No. 8 lineup of the Washington Nationals at 5.01 runs per outing.

Defensively, Washington features the No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.01 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 at home, scoring 5.34 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Nationals endured a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Cubs on Monday, with Max Scherzer throwing 6.1 innings of 1-hit ball at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Chi Cubs is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Chi Cubs' last 18 games
  • Chi Cubs is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Chicago, Thursday, October 12