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NLDS Game 5: Nationals and Cubs Square off in DC

2017 NLDS

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.

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Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Chi Cubs 94-72 -$724.00 21-15 73-57 81-61 13-11 75-82-9 0.74
Washington 99-67 $778.00 23-16 76-51 83-49 16-18 70-85-11 0.91
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
K Hendricks (8-5) ERA: 2.88
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

Bullpen

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.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent
Chicago Cubs – K Hendricks
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
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
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
No Recent Starts vs. Opponent.

NLDS Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
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

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Chicago Cubs

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 94-72 49-34 45-38 81-58 13-14 75-82-9 21-15 73-57
Last 10 6-4 3-2 3-2 2-2 4-2 4-6 0-1 6-3
vs Div 46-30 22-15 24-15 40-28 6-2 37-37-2 4-3 42-27
vs AL 12-8 5-5 7-3 10-6 2-2 11-7-2 4-4 8-4
vs NL 82-64 44-29 38-35 71-52 11-12 64-75-7 17-11 65-53

Washington Nationals

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 99-67 48-35 51-32 83-48 17-19 70-85-11 23-16 76-51
Last 10 4-6 3-3 1-3 4-6 0-0 3-6-1 1-2 3-4
vs Div 47-29 24-15 23-14 42-24 6-5 38-34-4 10-4 37-25
vs AL 10-10 5-5 5-5 7-6 3-4 8-12 3-2 7-8
vs NL 89-57 43-30 46-27 76-42 14-15 62-73-11 20-14 69-43
Team Last 5 Games

Chicago Cubs

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
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

Washington Nationals

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
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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