Thursday's Nationals vs. Cubs to Offer MLB Betting Value

Jeff Grant

Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:04 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014 1:04 PM UTC

The Washington Nationals have taken care of business against lesser competition this season, which will allow them to continue their recent domination of the Chicago Cubs Thursday. Read on to find out how we have decided to place our MLB picks tonight.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this Senior Circuit showdown at Wrigley Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

Unfortunate result
Washington had its four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday, as it dropped a 9-2 decision to the Milwaukee Brewers as -138 road favorites, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in five contests. 

The Nationals are batting .167 and scored just 13 runs in their last seven road games, but it’s important to point out that the squad has compiled a 19-14 record versus teams with a losing record.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a money-making 32-15 as road favorites of -125 to -150.

Searching for answers at the plate
Chicago has dropped four of its last five games due to scoring just six runs in those setbacks, which is a bit surprising due to shortstop Starlin Castro enjoying a solid season at the dish.

Castro is batting .357 with four home runs in his last 18 games, while his 45 RBIs are already one more than what he produced in 161 contests in 2013.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 6-6 as home underdogs of +100 to +125, with the OVER going 8-4 in that situation.

Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (6-2, 2.65 ERA) has earned a victory in six of his last seven trips to the mound, including a 3-0 home win over the Atlanta Braves last time out—scattering five hits over eight shutout innings.

The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA in five road games, as he’s been victimized by the long ball in serving up seven home runs in 29.2 combined frames.

Fister has received just 10 runs of support in his last four efforts, which could derail his first career appearances versus the Cubs.

Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood (7-6, 4.55 ERA) had his personal two-game win streak come to an end last time out, as he allowed three runs and four hits over 4.2 innings of work in a 5-3 setback at home to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The left-hander is 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA in seven home outings, with opposing hitters batting .200 against him (.298 on the road).

Wood was dealt a no-decision after allowing four runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings in his only appearance versus the Nationals on Aug. 22, 2013—ultimately resulting a 5-4 home defeat for the team.

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I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve proven victorious in 14 of their last 21 meetings in this series, which includes a three-game win streak at this ballpark.

MLB Pick:  Washington Nationals
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