Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs, final and decisive game of the series. A victory for team in this series. The Nationals won last night, but they are still suffering from the defeat of the first game. The damage the Cubs did had an effect on the Nats. Also the Nationals have a negative record at home this season. The Cubs have suffered few defeats after losing six consecutive games on the road at the start of the season.
Chicago Cubs: Strong on the road.
The Cubs have eleven wins and eleven defeats on the road this season. So far it has been a good season on the road. The worst of the season on the road was starting with a losing streak after the first victory. Six consecutive games without winning between March 30 and April 05. After that the Cubs won 10 of the last 15 games on the road. Prior to this series, the team lost the series against the Reds 2-1. But they had won a series against Mariners and Diamondbacks.
On the road the Cubs are scoring an average of 6.36 runs per game, 3.95 walks, 10.00 hits, 1.95 home runs, 14.64 left on base. The defense is allowing up to 5.18 runs per game, 4.55 walks, 8.86 strike outs, 9.05 hits, 1.41 home runs, 14.95 left on base. The last series against the Nats was last year in September, 2-2 in four games on the road.
Kyle Hendricks is the designated pitcher tonight for the final game of the series. Three victories in seven games for him, 8 games as a starter and a no-runs game this season. Hendricks has 2.86 ERA, 50.1 pitched innings, 49 hits, 23 runs, 4 home runs, 41 strike outs and 1,152 WHIP.
Washington Nationals: Pessimism at home.
The Nationals have a negative record at home. Ten victories in 23 games. The season at home began losing the first two games of the series against the Mets. The worst of this series against the Cubs was the first game. In the first game the Cubs scored fourteen runs against only six of the Nats. The defense at home was a failure. Although last night they could win the second game 5-2. The record in the last 10 games is 5-5 at home.
At home the Nationals are scoring an average of 4.17 runs per game, 3.35 walks, 8.48 hits, 1.39 home runs, 15.09 left on base. The defense is a mess allowing up to 5.35 runs, 3.22 walks, 10.13 strike outs, 9.26 hits, 1.17 home runs. Prior to this series, the Cubs, the Nats won against the Mets 2-1.
Jeremy Hellickson will open the last game of the series. Hellickson’s last home win was against the Giants 9-6, but the last home game was a loss. 2-1 at home to Hellickson this season with 6.00 ERA, 36.0 pitched innings, 43 hits, 28 runs, 8 home runs, 29 strike outs and 1,667 WHIP.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs 05/19/2019 is: take the Chicago Cubs -135 (Moneyline).
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