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Nationals vs Cubs Picks & Odds (Aug 10)

John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in MLB Baseball

Aug 9, 2022 · 9:06 PM PDT

Joey Meneses rounding the bases
Aug 9, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Joey Meneses (45) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the eight inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Cubs are -175 home favorites over the Nationals on Wednesday
  • Josiah Gray (7-8, 4.92) will pitch for Washington against lefty Justin Steele (4-7, 3.67)
  • A look at the Nationals vs Cubs odds and matchup can be found below with a prediction

The worst-in-baseball Washington Nationals will look to win a series when they visit the Chicago Cubs at 2:20 p.m. ET Wednesday in the finale of a three-game at Wrigley Field.

The Nationals (37-75, 20-35 road) evened the series and broke their six-game winning streak with a 6-5 win on Tuesday night. The Cubs (44-65, 23-34 home) have lost seven of their last 10 games.

Nationals vs Cubs Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
Washington Nationals +148 OFF OFF
Chicago Cubs -175 OFF OFF

Odds as of August 9th at Barstool Sportsbook.

 

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The Cubs are -175 favorite and have an implied winning probability of 63.64%. Both clubs have +200000 World Series odds.

It should be a beautiful day in Wrigleyville as the weather forecast calls for sunny, a high temperature of 80 degrees and 5-10 mph wind from the northeast.

Nationals vs Cubs Probable Pitchers

Josiah Gray (7-8, 4.92) is expected to start for the Nationals against left-hander Justin Steele (4-7, 3.67). Both will be working on four days of rest.

Gray vs Steele

Josiah Gray
VS
Justin Steele
7-8 Record 4-7
4.92 ERA 3.67
4.20 xERA 3.70
1.31 WHIP 1.41
2.65 SO/W 2.26

Gray has struggled recently with a 1-4 record and 7.63 ERA in his last six starts.

He was tagged for six runs and five hits in four innings in a loss to the Phillies last Friday in Philadelphia. Gray struck out four and walked three.

He does his good moments, though.

This will be Gray’s first appearance against the Cubs.

On the road this season, Gray is a stellar 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts., He is 4-2 with a 2.64 ERA in eight starts in day games. The Nationals are 9-11 when Gray pitches.

Steele has a 1-2 mark over his last five starts despite a stellar 1.73 ERA.

He was outstanding last Friday against the Miami Marlins but pitched just 4.2 innings of shutout ball in a no-decision because of a high pitch count. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out 10.

Steele has made two career relief appearances versus the Nationals, going 1-0 and not allowing a run in two innings.

In 12 starts at Wrigley in 2022, Steele has a 3-4 record and 3.03 ERA. He is 2-2 with a 3.98 ERA in nine starts during the day. When Steele takes the mound, the Cubs have gone 8-12.

Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers

Nationals Batters Batting Average vs Justin Steele
Luke Voit .000

Luke Voit is the only Nationals hitter to face Steele and is 0 for 3. Gray has never matched up with any of the Cubs’ batters.

Nationals vs Cubs Betting Outlook

Rookie Joey Meneses’ two-run home run in the eighth inning helped the Nationals overcome a three-run deficit and beat the Cubs on Tuesday night.

The Nationals’ Keibert Ruiz hit two home runs – his first career multi-hit game — and drove in four runs. Meneses and Yadiel Hernandez had two hits each.

The Nationals claimed left-handed reliever Jake McGee of waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the game.

The Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki had a home run among his three hits and his National League Rookie of the Year odds are +1800. Zach McKinstry also had three hits.

Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner each had two of Chicago’s 15 hits, but it wasn’t enough.

Designated hitter Franmil Reyes made his Cubs’ debut a day after being claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians and went 1 for 4.

This is the first series between the teams in 2022 after the Cubs went 4-3 against the Nationals last season.

Nationals vs Cubs Last 10 Games

Date Home Team Away Team Score
8/9/22 Cubs Nationals WAS, 6-5
8/8/22 Cubs Nationals CHC, 6-3
8/1/21 Nationals Cubs WAS, 6-5
7/31/21 Nationals Cubs CHC, 6-3
7/30/21 Nationals Cubs WAS, 4-3
5/20/21 Cubs Nationals CHC, 5-2
5/19/21 Cubs Nationals WAS, 4-3
5/18/21 Cubs Nationals CHC, 6-3
5/17/21 Cubs Nationals CHC, 7-3
8/25/19 Cubs Nationals WAS, 7-5

Nationals vs Cubs Prediction

Gray has pitched well on the road and in the day but it’s tough to buck Steele with the way he has been pitching over his last five starts. The lefty is due to catch a break this time and get a win.

Pick: Cubs ML (-175)

 

 

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