NLDS Game 5 Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free MLB Predictions: Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals
Thursday, October 12, 2017
by Aengus Moorehead

Washington Escaped Elimination, now Looks for First NLCS in Years Against Chicago

NLDS Game 5 Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free MLB Predictions: Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals

Cubs: 2-2 (1-1 V)
Nationals: 2-2 (1-1 H)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 12, 2017
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia

The Washington Nationals were in the dark most of Tuesday as to whom was slated to pitch on Game 4 Wednesday but it turned out to be a fruitful mystery as they tied the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs in a do-or-die situation when Stephen Strasburg inspired the masses with a gem last night to save the Nationals from yet another early postseason exit. The Nationals now return home to face the Cubs in an ultimate game 5 showdown and it should be a dandy.

The Nationals have re-acquired home field advantage as they get ready to resume hostilities against the Cubs in a showdown set to be broadcasted Thursday night on TBS at 8:08 p.m. ET and live from Nationals Park in Washington D.C. The Nationals are -120 odds on favorites, according to Bovada Sportsbook, to claim their first NLDS since 1981 when the franchise was in Montreal and have a chance to meet those same Los Angeles Dodgers who crashed their party way back then.

Strasburg disregarded a body that was clearly against him and threw his best clutch game of his career when he yet again held the Cubs to no runs on just 3 hits in seven frames to claim his first career postseason victory but most importantly, kept the Nationals alive in this series. In this finale between the two clubs, all can happen and everyone from both camps will be on high alert as it customary when teams vie for a higher plateau. The Nationals do have a slight advantage with Max Scherzer available for duty while the Cubs have exhausted their primary arsenal in Game 4 in order to close things out but that option has backfired.

RH Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA – 1-0, 0.00 ERA) will look to carry the load for the Cubs in the decisive game while LH Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96 ERA – 0-0, 5.40 ERA) attempts to bring the Nationals to the Promised Land as he gets the call for Washington.

Hendricks was superb in his last outing in Game 1 for the Cubs as he outdueled Strasburg in a stint in which he muzzled the Nationals for just two hits and no runs and six strikeouts in seven innings for his second postseason career win. The 27-year old has shined in the playoffs where he has compiled a 1.98 ERA in 8-career starts. While he is not known to go deep into games, Hendricks is as reliable as they come when the game is on the line. The Dartmouth product is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 5-career starts against the Nationals.

Gonzalez has yet to record a quality start in six-career postseason starts but it may not matter with Scherzer waiting in the wings if things go awry. The 32-year old is more than capable to handle himself in these type of games and has a knack to limit the big innings whenever he has been called upon. Gonzalez allowed 3 runs on 3 hits in 5 innings but two left the yard a no-decision in Game 2. The Floridian is 3-3 with a 3.06 ERA in ten-career starts against the Cubs.

Mybookie Sportsbook has the Cubs favorites at 115-moneyline with the total sitting at 7½.

MLB Runline Odds at BetOnline the Cubs were favored by -1½ (+155)

Pitching Matchup:
Cubs: RH Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA – 1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Nationals: LH Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96 ERA – 0-0, 5.40 ERA)

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals NLDS Game 5 Vegas Odds

Gm# Team
959 Chi Cubs - Hendricks
960 Washington - Gonzalez

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Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals NLDS Game 5 Vegas Odds & Trends

Chi Cubs:
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

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 result:
This series has been all about starters dominating the scene and I see that trend to continue in Game 5. Everyone hurlers are available on both sides but look for Scherzer to dominate the Cubs when Gonzalez tires. Nationals 5 Cubs 2.

Aengus Moorehead Free MLB Predictions: Washington -105 & 7½ Under at Bovada

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