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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 Wednesday. This game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was pushed back a day due to inclement weather in the Chicago area.

Xbet opened the Cubbies as -157 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 was initially supposed to get the nod in the tilt for Washington, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced a few hours prior to the game that ace Stephen Strasburg would get the start in his place. Strasburg's status was initially in question due to a sickness.

Cubs starter Jake 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

Betting fans looking to pick the Chicago Cubs in this matchup found them as -160 favorites on the MLB moneyline at BetOnline. Betting the OVER/UNDER instead? It was 7.5 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.1-2.6 victory for 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

The Chicago Cubs bring a 94-71 record to the battle against the 98-67 Nationals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Washington injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Chicago Cubs and the league No. 19-ranked Washington Nationals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

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 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home
  • Chi Cubs is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Chicago, Thursday, October 12