Chicago Cubs (26-17) @ Washington Nationals (19-26)
Probable Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks (3-4 2.86 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (2-2 6.00 ERA)
May 19, 2019, 7:08 PM ET (Nationals Park)
Line: Chicago Cubs -133 Washington Nationals +123
Run Line: Chicago Cubs -1.5
The Chicago Cubs have lodged a protest after last night’s 5-2 loss to the Nationals due to Sean Doolitle’s delivery. The Cubs will start Kyle Hendricks who has won 2 of his last three starts and has went at least eight innings in each of those three starts and has just one earned run in those starts. In the month of May Hendricks has gone 25 innings and struck out 18 while only having one walk. Hendricks sits eighth in the National League in ERA. The Cubs have been led by their pitching staff who is fifth in the majors in ERA and leads the majors in shutouts.
The Washington Nationals will give the start to Jeremy Hellickson who has struggled this month going 14 1/3 innings and 10 earned runs with 3 unearned runs allowed. Hellickson has not been great at home going 1-1 with a 8.04 ERA with eight walks to six strikeout at Nationals Park. Washington’s pitching staff has struggled this season with their pitching as they are 22nd in batting average against and are 23rd in ERA. Even more troubling Washington has the worst bullpen in the majors and are ranked 30th in ERA at 6.77 and have the worst batting average against as well. The Nationals are 28th in save percentage as they have gone just 7 for 15 in save chances for 53.33%.
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The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs’ last 8 games when playing on the road against Washington.
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs’ last 10 games this season.
Chi Cubs are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games against an opponent in the National League.
Washington are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the National League Central division.
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington’s last 20 games played in May.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games against Chi Cubs.
This is the final of a three-game set between these teams with the first two having been split. The Nationals will be looking for their second straight series victory after a seven series losing streak. Hellickson has struggled and Washington has even tried bringing him out of the bullpen but he struggled there as well allowing two runs with just nine batters faced with .333 batting average allowed. Javier Baez has had success against Hellickson going 2 for 4 with a home run in his career. The Cubs have had success against right-handers going 21-13 and are seventh in the majors hitting .259 against them. The Cubs should rebound from their loss with a win against Hellickson with Hendricks going strong yet again and Washington’s bullpen continuing to struggle.