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Moneyline favors Nationals in battle with Cubs

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Sep 3, 1:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Odds

51-82TEAM RECORD81-52

The Washington Nationals look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Cubs arrive at Nationals Park on Monday.

Jeff Samardzija, with a record of 8-12 on the season, gets the ball for the Cubs, while the Nationals trot Ross Detwiler to the mound in this one. He is 7-6 so far in 2012.

View Chi Cubs vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Nationals as -175 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 2-rated Nationals and the league No. 15-ranked Cubs, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Washington owns the No. 4 ranking for hits in the National League at 9 per game. By contrast, the Cubs are rated No. 15 in the same category at 8 per game.

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.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 7-5 loser as they battled the Giants at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Giants at -168 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago looks to rebound from a loss to the Giants, who beat them 7-5 on Sunday behind a start from Matt Cain at Wrigley Field.

In their last action, Washington was a 4-3 winner at home against the Cardinals. Bettors on Washington at -157 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Washington got the job done in their last match in a 4-3 victory over St. Louis on Sunday at Nationals Park behind starter Stephen Strasburg.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing San Francisco are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

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

A few Cubs at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games when playing on the road against Washington
Chi Cubs are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Washington, Tuesday, September 4

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