Gio Gonzalez out to silence Cubs bats in MLB contest

Chicago CubsWashington Nationals
Sep 5, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Odds

51-84TEAM RECORD83-52

Chicago pays a visit to Washington on Wednesday, hoping to shut down the Nationals bats in baseball action at Nationals Park.

The Nationals will rely on Gio Gonzalez to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Chris Volstad will be his counterpart for the Cubs. Gio Gonzalez is 17-7 this season, and Chris Volstad is 2-9.

View Chi Cubs vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Washington opened as -240 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Nationals, most recently No. 2 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Cubs, who rate a National League No. 15 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Cubs rank No. 15 in the National League at 8 hits per game. That compares with Washington’s No. 4 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the National League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 14 mark in runs allowed.

Chicago was a 11-5 loser in its last match on the road against the Nationals. They lost as +190 underdogs, while the total score of 16 made winners of OVER bettors. Chicago suffered a 11-5 loss against Washington on Tuesday, as Chris Rusin wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Nationals Park.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 1-9
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Chi Cubs are 9-1
After playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

A few Cubs at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Washington is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Washington is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Washington, Thursday, September 6