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Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick – 10/11/17

Major League Baseball: NLDS- Game 4 WSH vs. CHC

Best-of-5: Game 4 CHC Leads 2-1

Starting Pitchers: WSH- Roark (RHP) CHC- Arrieta (RHP)

Washington Nationals (97-65, 50-31 away) at Chicago Cubs (92-70, 48-33 home) October 11, 2017- 4:08 ET (TV TBS) Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

It was Mother Nature who won out on Tuesday in Game 4 of the NLDS as she forced the postponement of this all-important matchup. Faced with needing a win or seeing their season come to an end, the Washington Nationals will seek to stave off elimination when they square off against the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday night in a matchup that has the following betting lines;

Best Nationals Lines: 5Dimes ML (+150) Spread +1.5

Best Cubs Lines: SportsBetting ML (-157) Spread -1.5

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Over/Under: MyBookie 7.5

Rather than start the game and face burning up the starting pitchers in case of a delay, MLB decided it was best to wait another day. But, with that said… the stakes remain the same.

The Cubs are one win away from putting away the Nationals after a nail-biting 2-1 victory at home on Monday to take a 2-1 series lead. It was a dramatic win in Game 3 and one that is sure to be another dozy when both teams take to the Wrigley Field turf on Wednesday.

With Game 4 on the line for the Nationals, they will hand the ball to right-hander Tanner Roark (13-11, 4.67 ERA) who will have the weight of the world on his shoulders to produce a victory, but in the same sense is sure to be on a short lease as “all hands on deck” will be on standby. Washington manager Dusty Baker had considered going back to Stephen Strasburg for Game 4 if pushed to Wednesday, however, will stick with Roark in what will be the most important start in his career.

Roark went 1-0 against the Cubs this season with a 2.84 ERA and in seven career starts versus the Cubbies is 4-2.

For Chicago, they will hand the ball to right-hander Jake Arrieta, who will have the task of keeping the potent Washington lineup at bay. Arrieta on the season went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA,

but now will be asked to help get his team back to the NLCS.

Hampered by a right hamstring injury late in the season, Arrieta insists he will be ready. In head-to-head starts versus the Nats, Arrieta went 0-1 this season and overall is 1-2 in nine career starts with a 5.48 ERA.

The winner of this series will face a well-rested Dodger team in the NLCS starting on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Prediction/Pick

With an extra day to think about it, the pressure will be on both pitchers to keep this game close and give the offense a chance to win. For sports betting purposes for our US players, SportsBetting is favoring CHC (-157 ML) over WSH with an over/under of 7.5 total game runs scored from MyBookie.

With the sense of urgency high in this one, I will favor the OVER of 7.5 total game runs scored as my best betting pick.

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