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What Can The Nationals Expect From Scherzer?

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer will be making his first appearance of the postseason in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs. Scherzer has been held out with a minor hamstring injury but he was not exactly dealing before his brief break. The righty had his worst month of the season in September, posting a 4.05 ERA while surrendering as many earned runs as he had in the previous two months combined.

Shark Bites
  • In his lone start vs the Cubs this season, Max Scherzer allowed one run in 6.0 innings.
  • The Cubs are 6-0 SU in their last six games with Jose Quintana as the starting pitcher.
  • The Nationals are 2-5 SU in their last seven games on the road against the Cubs.

The Cubbies will start Jose Quintana, who has been a steady presence in the rotation since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox. The southpaw recorded a 3.74 ERA with 10.5 K/9 during his 14 starts with the Cubs. Quintana was dealing to close out the regular season with a 2.82 ERA and a 45/4 K/BB ratio in his past six starts.

The series switches to Wrigley Field, which may be a bad sign for Washington. The Nats have gone 2-5 in their past seven games at Wrigley and have seen their offensive numbers down across the board on the road this season. On the flip side, the Cubs were 48-33 at home this season while slugging .457.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Washington Nationals before the first pitch in this match found them as -127 moneyline favorites earlier today at Bovada. They saw the OVER/UNDER total of 7.5 earlier at TopBet.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Nationals to win this game 3.9-2.8. 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 93-71 record to the battle against the 98-66 Nationals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Washington injuries news.

This game puts the Chicago Cubs, most recently No. 1 in the OddsShark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Washington Nationals, who rate a No. 19 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Washington Nationals rank No. 6 at 9.02 hits per game. That compares with the Chicago Cubs' No. 17 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Washington features the No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.04 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 at home, scoring 5.38 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Washington is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Chi Cubs is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Chi Cubs is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Chicago, Tuesday, October 10

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