Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 10 (8/10): MLB

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 10 (8/10): MLB

Credit: photo by  David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 2:20 p.m. EST
Nationals money line +148
Nationals run line +1.5 (-164)
Cubs money line -180
Cubs run line -1.5 (+130)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Washington Nationals  Chicago Cubs
Record 37-75 44-65
Road / home record 20-35 23-34
Last 10 record 2-8 4-6
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 56-49-7 47-55-7
Runs / game 3.83 4.14
Runs allowed / game 5.51 4.87

 

Preview

The Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals will play the 3rd game of the series at the Wrigley Field on Wednesday. The Nationals beat the Cubs 6-5 on Tuesday's game to tie the series. Joey Meneses hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning and Keibert Ruiz went deep twice to lead the Nats to the win.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals get here with a 37-75 record and have lost 6 of their last 7 games. The team is averaging 3.83 runs per game. They're batting for .247 AVG, 418 runs scored in 907 hits and 86 home runs, ranking #27 in offense in the league, behind the Kansas City Royals. Luke Voit has a batting average of .235, 14 home runs and 50 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 5.51 runs per game and ranking #30, the worst in the league. Josiah Gray leads the team with a 4.92 ERA, 122 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded for the Nationals.

Probable Pitcher:  Josiah Gray (7-8, 4.92 ERA)

Gray will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for Washington. Gray took the loss Friday as the Nationals were downed 7-2 by the Phillies, surrendering six runs on five hits, including four home runs and three walks over four innings. He struck out four. He hasn't pitched against the Cubs in his career.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs get here with a 44-65 record and have won 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.14 runs per game. They're batting for .241 AVG, 439 runs scored in 870 hits and 104 home runs, ranking #21 in offense in the league behind the Baltimore Orioles. Patrick Wisdom is leading the team with 20 home runs and 52 RBI while Nico Hoerner has the better batting average with .295.

Defensively they are allowing 4.87 runs per game and rank #25 in the league. Keegan Thompson leads the pitching staff with a 3.48 ERA, 83 strikeouts and 8 wins recorded for the Cubs.

Probable Pitcher:  Justin Steele (4-7, 3.67 ERA)

Steele will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Cubs. Steele struck out 10 batters in 4.2 scoreless innings Friday against the Marlins, walking one while allowing four hits. He did not factor into the decision. He has a 1-0 record with an ERA of 0.00 and 4 strikeouts in 2 appearances against the Nationals in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Washington are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the National League.

Washington are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games against Washington.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games at home.

Prediction

The Nationals bounced back and avoided a 6 straight loss after beating the Cubs in the second game of the series. For this game they'll send Josiah Gray to the mound who has struggled all season and has allowed 10 runs in his last 9 innings pitched. The Cubs have been good offensively as they have scored 11 runs in the first 2 games of this series and will try to win it by sending Justin Steele to the mound who has been solid in his last 3 starts allowing only 1 run across 13.1 innings and has dominated the Nats in his career. Expect Steele to dominate the Nationals batters to help the team to win this game.

PICK: Cubs -1.5 (+130)

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