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Baseball odds preview - Washington vs. Chicago

Washington NationalsChicago Cubs
Aug 11, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Odds

56-60TEAM RECORD50-67

The Cubs get a visit from the Washington Nationals in baseball action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

For the Cubs, Ryan Dempster gets the ball, charged with keeping the Nationals hitters off the base paths. He'll face Jordan Zimmermann, 7-9 on the year.

View Washington vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Nationals were listed as -115 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 999 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 12-ranked Cubs and the National League No. 16-rated Nationals in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Chicago and its National League No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.1 runs per nine innings, against the National League's No. 11 lineup of the Nationals at 3.9 runs per outing.

Chicago owns the National League's No. 15 defense, allowing 4.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington's National League No. 6-rated defense.

Washington lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Cubs on August 10. Bettors who backed the Cubs at -107 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Nationals endured a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Cubs on Wednesday, with Ross Detwiler throwing 5 innings of 7-hit ball at Wrigley Field.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

A few Nationals at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
Washington is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
Chi Cubs are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games
Chi Cubs are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games at home

Next up:
Washington at Philadelphia, Friday, August 12
Chi Cubs at Atlanta, Friday, August 12