Series Preview: Nationals 5/5-5/8

The top two teams record-wise in the MLB will clash for a four-game series beginning tonight. This could be a future playoff matchup.

The Cubs have a record of 20-6 and are coming back from a short trip to Pittsburgh in which they swept their division rivals the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Nationals won five out of six on their road trip to Missouri. They swept the Cardinals and took 2 out of 3 games against the Royals. The Nationals are 19-8 and are in first in the National League East.

Game time: 7:05pm CDT

May 5th

Kyle Hendricks will be on the mound for the Cubs. He got his last start skipped after pitching a fantastic game against the Brewers. Kyle is 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA while striking out 19 and walking four. (23 IP, 2.50 FIP, 1.087 WHIP)

Tonight’s Cubs lineup:

  1. Fowler CF
  2. La Stella 3B
  3. Bryant RF
  4. Rizzo 1B
  5. Zobrist 2B
  6. Kalish LF
  7. Russell SS
  8. Federowicz C
  9. Hendricks P

Joe Ross made his major league debut against the Cubs last season. This season he is 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA while striking out 14 and walking seven. (22.2 IP, 2.89 FIP, 0.971 WHIP).

Game time: 7:05pm CDT

May 6th

John Lackey is on the mound for the Cubs. He is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA  while striking out 29 and walking nine. (33.1 IP, 3.31 FIP, 1.110 WHIP)

The ace of the Nationals Max Scherzer will be on the mound for the second game. He is 3-1 with 3.55 ERA while striking out 39 and walking 12. (38 IP, 3.75 FIP, 1.184 WHIP). His last start against the Cardinals was his best start of the season so far.

Game time: 1:20pm CDT

May 7th

Jason Hammel has never lost against the Nationals in 11 starts. Jason Hammel is 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA with 25 strikeouts and ten walks. (29 IP, 3.03 FIP, 1.069 WHIP)

Gio Gonzalez looks like he’s returning to his All-Star form. He is 2-1 with a 1.15 ERA while striking out 26 and walking nine. (33.1 IP, 2.78 FIP, 0.989 WHIP)

Game time: 3:05pm CDT

May 8th

Jake Arrieta is on the mound for the final game of the series. He is 6-0 with 0.84 ERA while striking out 37 and walking 12. (43 IP, 2.79 FIP, 0.744 WHIP)

Illinois native Tanner Roark will be on the mound for the Nationals. He is 2-2  with a 2.35 ERA while striking out 34 and walking 15. (38.1 IP, 2.89 FIP, 1.174 WHIP)

Game time: 1:20pm CDT

Prediction: Cubs and Nationals split the series 2-2.


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