The Chicago Cubs have been scary good this year. Ace pitcher Jake Arrieta takes the mound on Sunday and it’s been 288 days since Chicago lost a regular season game in which he started. That streak spans only 19 starts, but it’s still an impressive run. The Washington Nationals pitching is the main reason why they lead the National League East. The starting pitcher Tanner Roark is pleasant surprise, but young righty will have to be on his game against the best hurler in the league. The matchup between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs is scheduled for Sunday, May 8, 2016, at 2:20 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field. The ballgame will be broadcast on the MLB Network.
When the Cubs have Arrieta out on the mound good things are to follow. His numbers so far this season are even more impressive than what he did last year. He has allowed only 20 hits in 43.0 innings only 20 hits in 43.0 innings to record six wins and became only the second pitcher to accomplish this. Arrieta has a 0.84 ERA, 0.74 WHIP going into Sunday’s game with the Nationals. The Chicago Cubs team have done their share of the work with Arrieta on the mound. The Cubbies have scored a total of 52 runs no fewer than six runs in any of them.
The Washington Nationals as of late haven’t been overpowering offensively. Right fielder Bryce Harper and second baseman Daniel Murphy have been doing an excellent job for the Nats. Pitcher Tanner Roark now has four quality starts in his last five outings. It was the third game in a row in which he pitched at least seven innings. Roark now has an excellent 2.35 ERA in 38.1 innings to open the season. On Tuesday, Roark allowed three runs in the first three innings but then settled down and held the Royals to three hits and one unearned run in the next 4.1 innings. Prior to this Roark struck out 21 over 14 shutout innings in his last two starts. Best Sports Site Blog thinks that the Cubs will continue their awesome play and bag another win.