The Nationals (39-78) will once again host the Cubs (47-67) in the second game of this double header on Wednesday, August 17 at Nationals Park in Washington. Each of these rivals will of course be searching for a win as they work their way through the final third of the regular season. Don’t miss the first pitch at 1:05 p.m. ET!
For their upcoming game, the Nationals have claimed victory against their opponents. In their most recent meeting on Monday, the score was 5-4 in favor of the Nationals. The Nationals had five runs to the Cubs four runs. Be sure to tune in and see how it all unfolds at Nationals Park.
Nationals vs Cubs Prediction
The bookmakers think this should be a win for the Cubs. FanDuel has them at odds of -168 for victory, while Washington are +142. The predicted number of total runs is 8.5.
In their previous game on Monday, the Nationals outplayed the Cubs by a final score of 5-4. So far this season, the team is currently batting .249 thanks in large part to their top hitter, César Hernández, who has a batting average of .243. Defensively, they carry an ERA of 5.29 and a .981 fielding percentage.
The Cubs were defeated by the Nationals 5-4 the last time they played on Monday. The overall batting average for the team right now is .200, with Nicholas Hoerner leading his team hitting .299. In terms of defense, the team has an ERA of 4.44 and a .983 fielding percentage. Check out our evaluation of the odds and place your bets based on the teams’ recent performances!
Going into this clash, the Nationals are missing Joseph Ross (Elbow), Erick Fedde (Shoulder), MacKenzie Gore (Elbow), Luis García (Groin), Stephen Strasburg (Ribs), Seth Romero (Calf), William Harris (Pectoral), Jackson Tetreault (Shoulder), Tanner Rainey (Elbow), Keibert Ruiz (Undisclosed), Evan Lee (Flexor), Carter Kieboom (Forearm) and Sean Doolittle (Elbow). Then, the Cubs are missing Wade Miley (Shoulder), Manuel Rodríguez (Elbow), Kyle Hendricks (Shoulder), Bradley Wieck (Elbow), Codi Heuer (Elbow), Steven Brault (COVID), Michael Hermosillo (Quad), Adbert Alzolay (Shoulder), Alec Mills (Back), Ethan Roberts (Shoulder) and Jason Heyward (Knee).
Moneyline Pick: Cubs (-168) at FanDuel
The team is considered the favorite per oddsmakers. In their previous encounter against these opponents, the Nationals won 5-4.
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Nationals vs Cubs Betting Odds
- Moneyline: Chicago (-168), Washington (+142) at FanDuel
- Run Line: Chicago -1.5 (-108), Washington 1.5 (-111) at FanDuel
- Over/Under: Under 8.5 Runs (-105), Over 8.5 Runs (-115) at FanDuel
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Nationals vs Cubs Betting Trends
- Win % as favorite: Nationals 0.1%, Cubs 0.25%
- Win % as underdog: Nationals 0.46%, Cubs 0.46%
- Win-loss record last 10 games: Washington 3-7, Chicago 6-4
Runline Pick: Cubs -1.5 Runs (-108) at FanDuel
Wager: 1 unit
For our spread pick to win, the Cubs will need to win by the amount of the spread or more in order to cover.
Over/Under Pick: Under 8.5 Total Runs (-105) at FanDuel
Wager: 0.5 units
The Nationals are averaging 3.3 runs per game over the span of their last 10 matches. By comparison, the Cubs have recorded 3.3 runs per game during the same period of time.