Nats Look to Advance out of NLDS for 1st Time
The Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals play Game 5 of their NLDS Series on Thursday when they battle at Nationals Park. The game is set to start at 8:08 pm EST. TBS will have the game televised nationally.
The Nationals are fighting the D.C. sports curse. The city’s four major pro sports teams have played 68 combined seasons without advancing to a conference or league final. That is over 19. The Capitals were the last team to reach a final. That was back in 1998. The city with the next-longest drought is Cincinnati, at 44 seasons.
The Nantionals have been eliminated in the NL Division Series in their previous three postseason appearances since moving to Washington. Getting past the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs will be a daunting task. Will the Nationals past shortcomings factor into how they play?
Washington got a dominant performance by right-hander Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday to side-step elimination. They beat the Cubs5-0 at Wrigley Field.
Oddsmakers have the Cubs as -107-moneyline favorites. The total is at 7.5.
Baker Goes with Gio Gonzalez: Cubs With Hendricks in NLDS Game 5
Gio Gonzalez took a no-decision in Game 2 of the NLDS. The lefty allowed three runs and three hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked two. The Nationals will need another outing like this from Gio to advance. His regular season was up and down during the regular season.
Unless Gonzalez is raking, it is easy to assume Baker will empty his bullpen to get as many matchups in his favor. Even though Sammy Solis and Oliver Perez gave up hits the other day, they’re still good left-on-left matchups if needed.
Kyle Hendricks, who brilliant in his Game 1 win. He allowed just two hits and struck out six over seven innings. Hendricks is 2-2 in five career starts against the Nationals. He is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA against Washington this season., including the victory last week in Washington.
Hendricks threw 65 percent fastballs in Game 1. That is his second-highest rate of any start this season. He had a season average of 48 percent, and it was a effective strategy to change. He induced eight foul balls and 24 called strikes out of 69 total fastballs thrown. For a guy who throws 87 it proves location is the key.
|Team||record||money||vs LHP||vs RHP||Fave||Dog||O/U||Diff|
|event date||Opponent||Result||score||OU Result||ip||money|
|Oct 6, 2017||WSH||W||3-0||U||7||$135.00|
|Sep 28, 2017||STL||W||2-1||U||5||$125.00|
|Sep 23, 2017||MIL||L||3-4||U||6||-$100.00|
|Chi Cubs’s relievers have pitched 10.1 innings in the last 3 games.|
|Washington’s relievers have pitched 7.2 innings in the last 3 games.|
|Oct 6, 2017||3-0||CHC||7||2||0||0||3||6||Win|
|Aug 4, 2017||4-2||WSH||7||5||3||3||2||5||Loss|
|Jun 13, 2016||4-1||WSH||5.1||6||4||3||4||4||Loss|
|May 5, 2016||5-2||CHC||6||2||0||0||2||4||Win|
|Jun 7, 2015||6-3||CHC||5||6||3||2||0||4||Win|
|No Recent Starts vs. Opponent.|
|Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense||5.00||8||4.10||4|
|Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense||4.72||11||4.23||10|
|Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense||5.01||7||4.26||7|
|Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense||5.14||8||4.00||5|
Head To Head Detail
|Date||Away||away score||Home||home score||line||O/U||Away Pitcher||Home Pitcher||Away Hits||Home Hits||Away Walks||Home Walks||Away Strikeouts||Home Strikeouts|
|Oct 11, 2017||WSH||5||CHC||0||-104||7||U||Stephen Strasburg (R)||Jake Arrieta (R)||5||3||9||3||7||14|
|Oct 9, 2017||WSH||1||CHC||2||100||7.5||U||Max Scherzer (R)||Jose Quintana (L)||3||4||1||4||9||8|
|Oct 7, 2017||CHC||3||WSH||6||-118||8.5||O||Jon Lester (L)||Gio Gonzalez (L)||6||6||3||3||8||4|
|Oct 6, 2017||CHC||3||WSH||0||-145||7.5||U||Kyle Hendricks (R)||Stephen Strasburg (R)||5||2||2||3||13||9|
|Aug 6, 2017||WSH||9||CHC||4||-192||9.5||O||Erick Fedde (R)||Jon Lester (L)||10||10||2||4||11||10|
|Aug 5, 2017||WSH||4||CHC||7||-162||11||P||Edwin Jackson (R)||John Lackey (R)||7||9||5||2||9||14|
|Aug 4, 2017||WSH||4||CHC||2||-159||9||U||Tanner Roark (R)||Kyle Hendricks (R)||7||6||3||4||7||7|
|Jun 29, 2017||CHC||5||WSH||4||-113||9.5||U||Jon Lester (L)||Joe Ross (R)||8||6||3||5||8||10|
|Jun 28, 2017||CHC||4||WSH||8||-178||8.5||O||John Lackey (R)||Stephen Strasburg (R)||6||11||2||3||15||6|
|Jun 27, 2017||CHC||1||WSH||6||-168||7.5||U||Jake Arrieta (R)||Max Scherzer (R)||2||9||1||7||7||6|
NLDS Betting Trends
|Chi Cubs is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games|
|Chi Cubs is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games|
|Chi Cubs is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs’s last 10 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs’s last 15 games when playing Washington|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington|
|Washington is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games|
|Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games|
|Washington is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Washington’s last 15 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs|
|record||Home||Away||Fave||Dog||O/U||vs LHP||vs RHP|
|record||Home||Away||Fave||Dog||O/U||vs LHP||vs RHP|
|Oct 11, 2017||WSH||0-5||L||-104||7||J Arrieta||4||S Strasburg||H|
|Oct 9, 2017||WSH||2-1||W||100||7.5||J Quintana||5.2||M Scherzer||H|
|Oct 7, 2017||WSH||3-6||L||108||8.5||J Lester||6||G Gonzalez||A|
|Oct 6, 2017||WSH||3-0||W||135||7.5||K Hendricks||7||S Strasburg||A|
|Oct 1, 2017||CIN||1-3||L||-182||9||Mike Montgomery||3||Deck McGuire||H|
|Oct 11, 2017||CHC||5-0||W||-106||7||S Strasburg||7||J Arrieta||A|
|Oct 9, 2017||CHC||1-2||L||-110||7.5||M Scherzer||6.1||J Quintana||A|
|Oct 7, 2017||CHC||6-3||W||-118||8.5||G Gonzalez||5||J Lester||H|
|Oct 6, 2017||CHC||0-3||L||-145||7.5||S Strasburg||7||K Hendricks||H|
|Oct 1, 2017||PIT||8-11||L||-192||8.5||G Gonzalez||4.1||Steven Brault||H|
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