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The Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Wrigley Field.

Stephen Strasburg will be the starting pitcher for the Nationals on this day. Righthander Strasburg is 6-9 this season with a 2.93 ERA.

It'll be Travis Wood toeing the rubber for the Cubs in this contest. Lefthander Wood is 7-10 with a 3.13 ERA so far this season.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 11-6 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -103 were rewarded, while the 17 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Washington has won 2 straight games.
Chicago has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Washington: 62-64 SU
Chicago: 54-72 SU

Washington most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 6-3
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 1-9
Before playing San Diego are 4-6
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Washington's last 13 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Washington is 7-3 SU in their last 10 games when playing Chi Cubs
Washington is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs's last 13 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs's last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games

Next up:
Washington at Kansas City, Friday, August 23
Chi Cubs at San Diego, Friday, August 23