Cubs favored on Game 4 odds, Dodgers favored to win World Series
It’ll be righthander Tanner Roark getting the ball for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night as they face the Chicago Cubs in a win-or-go-home Game 4 trailing 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Washington is set as the +143 underdog on the betting lines, with Chicago the favorite at -166.
Roark has enjoyed some success against the Cubs throughout his career; Chicago’s roster is hitting just .215 / .292 / .418 against him. In his only start against the Cubs in 2017, Roark picked up the win after 6 1/3 innings of work where he allowed just two earned runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four batters.
Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs on Tuesday. The righthander has watched his ERA and WHIP climb over the past few seasons, from 1.77 / 0.86 two years ago to 3.53 / 1.20 in 2017. The walks got him into trouble against the Nationals during the regular season, as Arrieta walked six batters and allowed five earned runs before departing after just four innings of work.
It was a far cry from the .239 / .350 / .328 triple slash he maintains against the Nats’ roster lifetime.
The winner of this NLDS will move on to face the Dodgers in the NLCS, with Los Angeles currently the +225 favorite on the odds to win the World Series. The Houston Astros, awaiting their ALCS opponent, are next on those World Series futures at +275
And the Astros will face either the New York Yankees or the Cleveland Indians in the next round, with those teams squaring off in the deciding Game 5 of their ALDS on Wednesday. CC Sabathia gets the ball for New York, with Corey Kluber taking the mound for Cleveland.
Kluber was uncharacteristically banged around in Game 2 of the ALDS, as the Yankees touched him up for six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings pitched. He only allowed three earned runs in 17 innings pitched in two starts against New York (2-0) during the regular season.
Sabathia’s first 2017 encounter with the Tribe came in Game 2 of the ALDS. He pitched into the fifth inning, allowing four runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The Indians roster owns a .289 batting average and .349 on base percentage against Sabathia lifetime.
Cleveland is at +350 on the latest World Series odds, with Chicago at +500, New York at +900, and Washington rounding out the field on those futures at a line of +1400.