Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals Tuesday MLB Odds & Betting Pick

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 26, 2017 in

The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals will mix it up on Tuesday in a battle of two of the top National League teams in 2017. The Washington Nationals are -152 in the MLB odds over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday evening.

The Cubs are in second place in the National League Central following their split four game series in Miami. They trail the Milwaukee Brewers in the divisional standings by 1.5 games.

The Nationals have been at the top of the National League East pretty much all season. They have a 9 game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. The Nationals are 15 games over .500.

Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals Tuesday MLB Odds & Betting Pick

When: Tuesday June 17, 2017; 6:05pm CT
Where: Nationals Park; Washington D.C.
TV: MLBN (out-of-market only) / ABC 7 (Chicago) / MASN (Washington)
Radio: 670 The Score (Chicago) / 106.7 The Fan (Washington)
Stream Option: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: Washington Nationals -152

Why Bet on Chicago Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series Champions have been under .500 this season on the road. The Cubs have outscored opponents heading into their Sunday season finale against the Marlins at +26. Chicago ranks 15th in Major League Baseball in runs scored, with 348 runs scored.

Kris Bryant is the defending Most Valuable Player. Bryant is hitting .263 this season, and has 16 homeruns. Anthony Rizzo is the top homerun hitter with 17 homeruns, and he has also drove in 17 runs. The Cubs starting pitching is tied for 22nd in quality starts, with 30. Chicago also has a team ERA of 3.96.

The Nationals are favorites in the MLB odds to beat the Cubs on Tuesday.

Why Bet on Washington Nationals?

The Washington Nationals offense has been mashing the baseball most of the season. The Nationals have scored 424 runs, which is the most in the National League by 24 runs over Arizona. The Nationals have a +98 run differential, which is third in the National League behind Los Angeles and Arizona.

Washington’s top offensive threats have been Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Zimmerman leads in all three big offensive categories. The first baseman is batting .352 on the season, and has clubbed 19 homeruns and drove in 59 runs. The starting pitching for Washington also has the most quality starts in MLB, with 48.

Betting Pick & Prediction

What a pitching match-up for this game. It’s Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs against Max Scherzer for Washington. Arrieta has been up and down this season, but coming off a great outing in Miami. Arrieta is 7-5 on the season and holds a 4.36 earned run average. In 84.2 innings, Arrieta has struck out 89 batters.

Max Scherzer is a Cy Young candidate every season. Scherzer is 8-5 on the season with a 2.09 earned run average. He has thrown over 107 innings and struck out 145 batters. Scherzer has allowed a 0.81 WHIP on the season. Look for the Nationals to see another solid start from Scherzer. Bet Washington -152.