NLDS Game 2 Las Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free MLB Picks: Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals
Saturday, October 07, 2017
by Aengus Moorehead

Washington Already in Danger Against Chicago

NLDS Game 2 Las Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free MLB Picks: Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals

Cubs: 1-0 (1-0 V)
Nationals: 0-1 (0-1 H)
When: 5:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 7, 2017
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia

The Washington Nationals will attempt to rebound from an opening home loss and try to level their NLDS series as they resume hostilities in Game 2 against the Chicago Cubs with the showdown set to be staged Saturday afternoon on TBS at 5:38 p.m. and live from Nationals Park in Washington D.C. The Nationals suddenly lost their home field advantage with the 3-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Cubs on Friday.

Plus, the Nationals won’t have ace Max Scherzer until Game 3 when the Nationals play in Chicago next Monday. In the opener, Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks was dialed in as the 27-year old continued his fine postseason play as he limited the Nationals to just two hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven strong innings. The two hits was all the Nationals could manage in the loss.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo provided the offense for the Nationals as they combined for three hits and three RBI’s in the win. Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg was also sharp as he didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth innings. An Anthony Rendon error opened the door for the Cubs in the frame when Javier Baez who reached on the blunder later scored when Bryant singled him in to give the Cubs the lead for good.

LH Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33 ERA) will make his 20th postseason start as he gets the call for Game 2 for the Cubs while LH Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96 ERA) looks to rebound from a poor performance as he is slated to take the mound for the Nationals.

Lester thrived last year in the postseason in a sequence in which he went 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts. In all, the 33-year old is 9-7 with an impressive 2.55 ERA in 19-career postseason starts. Lester won his last two regular season starts with the latest against Cincinnati where he threw five scoreless innings with five hits and seven strikeouts a week ago. The Washington native is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in six-career starts against the Nationals.

Gonzalez didn’t factor in the decision in his last playoff start in 2016 against Los Angeles in a game he allowed 3 runs across four hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 8-3 Washington victory. The 32-year old enter this game after losing his last two starts in which he gave up a combined nine runs on 12 hits in 9 1/3 innings. Gonzalez lost his lone start to Chicago this season. The Floridian is 3-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 10-career starts against the Cubs.

Mybookie Sportsbook has the Nationals favorites at 130-moneyline with the total sitting at 8.

MLB Runline Odds at BetOnline the Nationals were favored by -1½ (+165)

Pitching Matchup:
Cubs: LH Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33 ERA)
Nationals: LH Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96)

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals NLDS Game 2 Las Vegas Odds

Gm# Team
901 Chi Cubs - Lester
902 Washington - Gonzalez

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Left hander Jon Lester will take the mound for the Cubs to start this game. Lester is 13-8 this season with a 4.33 ERA.

The Nationals will counter Lester with Gio Gonzalez. Left hander Gonzalez has a 2.96 ERA to go along with a 15-9 record this season.

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals NLDS Game 2 Las Vegas Odds & Trends

Chi Cubs:
Chi Cubs is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Chi Cubs is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chi Cubs's last 16 games

Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games

Next up:
Chicago home to Washington Monday, October 9

The result:
The Nationals have already have their backs against the wall but Lester has been vulnerable from time to time and is not the dominant pitcher he once was. The Nationals have too good of an offense to get shut down in back-to-back games. They rebound to take Game 2. Nationals 6, Cubs 2.

Aengus Moorehead Free MLB Picks: Washington -125 & 8½ Under at Bovada

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