It’s a National League day on Sunday as all four teams are in action. There’s all four left handed pitchers on the mound, which is a rare feat. The Wolf provides his best bets for both games below.
Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals (7:30am)
The Cubs will be looking to continue their dominance of Gio Gonzalez in game 2. They’re 4-0 against him since 2015 and he finished the season with below average form. At home against the Pirates, he allowed 6 runs in 4.1 innings. In his home start before that game, the Braves scored 5 against him and the Nationals lost 8-0. He’s made just one start against the Cubs this season and the Nationals lost 5-4. He did pitch well in that game, going 6 innings for just 2 hits. So the Wolf will be expecting another close game. For Lester, he’s faced the Nationals twice this season and he’s allowed just 4 runs in 12.2 innings. He also has 14 total strikeouts in those 2 starts. The Cubs won his start in Washington, 5-4 and he allowed just 3 hits. The Cubs went 4-1 in Lester’s 5 starts in the playoffs last year and they’re 5-1 in his last 6 starts this season. But in the end, these two teams are incredibly even in the stats. For example, the Cubs average 5.07 runs per game and the Nationals average 5.06. The difference will be in the bullpen and the Wolf would take the Cubs over the Nationals. The Nationals brought in help during the trade period, but they still struggle to close out games. Overall, Lester’s record in the playoffs and his record against the Nationals will get the Cubs over the line in game 2.
Arizona D-backs at Los Angeles Dodgers (11:00am)
In game 2, Robbie Ray of the Diamondbacks will lineup against Rich Hill. The Diamondbacks will be confident after they beat the Dodgers 13-0 on the road in Ray’s last start against them. Although, the Wolf isn’t expecting another blowout. Since Ray returned from injury in late August, the Diamondbacks are 9-0 overall. Which also includes two wins against the Dodgers. He’s also been dominant on the road this season with a 8-1 record and a very low ERA of 1.86. The Diamondbacks have scored a total of 38 runs in his last 3 starts, so the Wolf is liking them for an upset. Rich Hill ended the season with a strong 7 innings outing against the Padres as he allowed just 2 hits. He has a 2.77 ERA at home this season with a 7-5 win-loss record. The Dodgers have a 8-6 record in his 14 home starts, but the Diamondbacks are 2-0 against Hill and 2-1 at Dodger Stadium. So based on Ray’s form and the Diamondbacks record against the Dodgers, the Wolf is taking them in game 2.
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