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Nationals Offense Giving Strasburg A Boost

Stephen Strasburg will look to get back on track when he gets the start in Game 3 between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Strasburg has posted a rough 5.08 ERA through his five starts this month but the Nats have averaged over seven runs per game in those outings. Will the Nats need to bail out Strasburg again?

  • John Lackey is 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA in 4 starts against the NL East this season.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Cubs' last 6 games against the Nationals.
  • The Cubs are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games after a loss.

The Cubs will send 38-year-old John Lackey to the bump Wednesday. Lackey is coming off back-to-back quality starts that have seen the veteran allow just five hits and two earned runs in 12 innings of work. Though Lackey has not faced the Nationals since last June, he did post a respectable 2.77 ERA in two starts against Washington last season.

Bryce Harper has safely reached base in 17 of the past 19 games but has looked foolish against Lackey. Harper has never picked up a hit in nine career at-bats against Lackey, while striking out three times. For the Cubs, Jason Heyward’s time with the Atlanta Braves could prove useful against Strasburg with the right-fielder slashing .405/.463/.595 against the former No. 1 overall pick.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Washington Nationals as -170 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The OVER/UNDER was hovering near 8 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.0-3.4 result in favor of the Nationals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals sport a record of 46-31 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago Cubs sit at 39-38 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Chicago injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Washington Nationals and the league No. 4-ranked Chicago Cubs, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Washington Nationals and its No. 1-rated batting order, averaging 5.64 runs per nine innings, against the No. 18 lineup of the Chicago Cubs at 4.62 runs per outing.

Defensively, Chicago features the No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.36 runs per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 at home, scoring 5.59 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago suffered a 6-1 loss against Washington on Tuesday, as Jake Arrieta wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Nationals Park.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Washington's last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Washington, Thursday, June 29th