MLB Odds: Cubs Can Use a Win in Washington

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by Bovada - 9/4/2018 6:04 PM Share
It looks like the Chicago Cubs (81-56, plus-3.76 betting units) will win the NL Central again, but nothing is etched in stone. A win this Thursday over the Washington Nationals (69-69, minus-25.13 units) would be most welcome indeed. MLB Network has the coverage at 7:05 PM ET.

Kyle Hendricks (3.77 ERA) is due up for the Cubs, as they try to increase their four-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the Central race - with the St. Louis Cardinals another 1.5 games behind. Hendricks has pitched well this year, but he's down 9.06 units on a team record of 14-14, with the Under at 19-9. On the bright side, Chicago's recent bullpen improvements have helped the Cubs win six of Hendrick's last seven starts.

Washington will likely go with Stephen Strasburg (4.09 ERA) on Thursday, although that has yet to be confirmed. Strasburg has pitched better than his pedestrian ERA would indicate, but he's still not his usual All-Star self this year, and the Nats have dropped eight of his 17 starts for a loss of 3.50 units. The Over is 11-6 when Strasburg takes the mound, spurred in part by one of the worst bullpens in baseball.

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