MLB Games of the Week feature the Washington Nationals at the Chicago Cubs on Friday in a game that can be seen on MLB Network and the New York Yankees at the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, also on MLB Network. All four teams are either in first place in their respective divisions or battling for the top spot. The two home teams should be slight favorites in these contests. Let’s look at both games and MLB picks.
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Nationals vs. Cubs ATS Picks
The Nationals are running away with the NL East, while the Cubs are battling with the Brewers for first place in the NL Central. The Nationals are hoping that Stephen Strasburg will be available for this start, while the Cubs should be sending Kyle Hendricks.
Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
Date and Time: Friday, August 4, 2017, 2:20 p.m. ET
Location: Wrigley Field
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Nationals vs. Cubs TV Coverage: MLB Network
The Nationals were 33-19 in their first 52 road games, with 27 games going over, 23 going under, with two pushes. They are scoring 5.6 runs per game and giving up 4.1 per contest.
The Cubs were 27-22 in their first 49 home games, with 25 games going over, 21 going under, with three pushes. They are scoring 4.7 runs per game and giving up 4 per contest.
Probable Pitching Matchup
Strasburg is 10-3 on the season with a 3.25 ERA. He has been on the DL but he had a recent bullpen session and he could be ready to make this start on Friday. The Nationals are 4-1 in Strasburg’s five career starts against the Cubs with four of the five going over the total.
Hendricks is 4-3 with a 3.80 ERA. He didn’t allow any runs last time out in five innings against Milwaukee. He has pitched really well since coming off the DL and the Cubs are 3-1 in his four career starts against the Nationals with three of the four going under.
The Cubs had won six of the last ten against the Nationals before this series began with six of the ten going under. The teams played a four-game series in June in Washington with each team winning twice. The Cubs were 6-4 at home in the last ten against the Cubs before this series began with six of the ten going under.
Nationals vs. Cubs Free Picks
I don’t know that Strasburg is totally healthy and I like the way Hendricks is throwing the ball. I will take the Cubs in this one. Make sure to check back for game odds at BetCris.
Nationals vs. Cubs ATS Pick: Take the Cubs at BetCris
Nationals vs. Cubs Score Prediction: Cubs 5 Nationals 3
Yankees vs. Indians ATS Picks
The Yankees are battling with Boston for first place in the AL East, while the Indians are in first place in the AL Central. This could easily be a playoff series preview. The Yankees should be sending Luis Severino in this game, while the Indians go with Josh Tomlin.
New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians
Date and Time: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Progressive Field
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The Yankees were just 25-29 in their first 54 road games, with 27 going over and 27 going under. They are scoring 5.4 runs per game and giving up 3.8 per contest.
The Indians were 28-24 in their first 52 home games, with 23 going over, 28 going under, with one push. They are scoring 4.9 runs per game and giving up 3.7 per contest.
Probable Pitching Matchup
Severino was 7-4 with a 3.03 ERA in his first 11 decisions, while Tomlin was 7-9 with a 5.59 ERA in his first 16 decisions. The Yankees are 1-1 in Severino’s two career starts against the Indians, while the Indians are 3-4 in Tomlin’s seven career starts against the Yankees.
The Yankees had won six of the last ten against the Indians before this series began, with four of the last six going over. The teams had split their last ten in Cleveland with eight of the ten going over.
Yankees vs. Indians Free Picks
I will take the Yankees and also play the game over the total. Make sure to check back for game odds at BetCris.
Yankees vs. Indians ATS Pick: Take the Yankees and over at BetCris
Yankees vs. Indians Score Prediction: Yankees 7, Indians 4
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