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Chicago Cubs take on Nationals in baseball test

Chicago CubsWashington Nationals
Sep 6, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Odds

51-85TEAM RECORD84-52

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

The match puts starter Justin Germano for the Cubs on the hill facing Jordan Zimmermann for the Nationals. Germano brings a 2-4 mark to the game, while Zimmermann is 9-8 to date on the season.

View Chi Cubs vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-230 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 8 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Nationals at No. 2 in the National League and the Cubs at No. 15 in the National League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 4 ranked National League offense (4.5 runs per game) against a Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 14 in the National League at 4.7 runs allowed per game. The Nationals have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, more than the Cubs have managed so far this season (7.9 hits on average).

Washington owns the National League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 14-rated defense.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 9-1 loser as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -245 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cubs endured a 9-1 loss at the hands of the Nationals on Wednesday, with Chris Volstad throwing 5 innings of 9-hit ball at Nationals Park.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 5-5
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 OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games when playing Washington
Chi Cubs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing Washington
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Washington is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Washington is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Pittsburgh, Friday, September 7
Washington home to Miami, Friday, September 7