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Aug 21, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Odds

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The Washington Nationals will look to grab a road win when they take on the Cubs in Chicago at Wrigley Field on Wednesday in baseball odds action.

It's a pitching duel between Jake Arrieta for the Cubs (2-2 on the year) and Ross Ohlendorf for Washington (1-0 so far).

View Washington vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Cubs as -107 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 999 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 12 (Cubs) and the No. 8 (Nationals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's National League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 3.9 runs per game, against a Nationals offense rated No. 13 and scoring 3.8 runs per game in the league. The Cubs have averaged 8.1 hits per game to date this season, less than the Nationals hitters have managed (8.2 per nine innings).

Chicago owns the National League's No. 9 defense, allowing 4.2 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington's National League No. 6-rated defense.

In their last action, Washington was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Washington at -132 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Nationals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Chris Rusin and the Cubs 4-2 on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Nationals at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Washington's last 12 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Washington's last 17 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs' last 12 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at Chi Cubs, Thursday, August 22

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