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Moneyline favors Nationals in battle with Cubs

Chicago CubsWashington Nationals
May 10, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Odds

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

It's a pitching duel between Ross Detwiler for the Nationals (1-3 on the year) and Jeff Samardzija for Chicago (1-4 so far).

View Chi Cubs vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Cubs listed as underdogs of +-155 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 10-ranked Nationals and the National League No. 8-rated Cubs in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Washington's National League No. 13-ranked scoring average of 3.6 runs per game, against a Cubs offense rated No. 11 and scoring 3.8 runs per game in the league. The Nationals have averaged 7.6 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cubs hitters have managed (8.2 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the National League's No. 2-rated road mark, allowing 3.5 runs per game on the highway. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring at home.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Cardinals on May 8. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -117 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Chicago didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-4 to St. Louis on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Washington won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Tigers on May 9. Bettors who backed the Nationals at +109 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Washington rolled to a 5-4 win against Detroit on Thursday, as Dan Haren and the Nationals' bats led the team to victory at Nationals Park.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 1-9
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few Cubs at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games on the road
Washington is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Washington is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Washington, Saturday, May 11