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UNDERs the Story When Nats and Cubs Collide

The Washington Nationals have seen their starting pitching get knocked around in back-to-back games but will be hoping Joe Ross can buck that trend against the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a four-game series on Thursday. Sportsbooks opened the Nats as -113 home favorites with a total of 9.

Shark Bites
  • The Cubs are 1-3 SU in their last four games against the Nationals.
  • The Nationals are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games as favorite.
  • The Cubs are 7-1 SU in their last eight games after a loss.

Jon Lester will counter on the mound for the Cubs. Lester (5-4, 3.83 ERA) has posted a season-high three straight quality starts, going 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA over that span. The veteran is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in four career starts against the Nationals.

Ross (4-3, 5.40) has strung together consecutive quality starts and is coming off one of his best outings of the campaign. The 24-year-old limited Cincinnati to one run and six hits over seven innings in a win on Saturday. The pitcher is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in two career starts vs the Cubbies.

The UNDER is trending when these teams get together. In the last seven meetings between the Nationals and Cubs, the UNDER is 5-2.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the MLB moneyline for this betting odds matchup, Washington sat as 111 underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada. The OVER/UNDER total was set at 9, according to MyBookie.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Nationals to win this game 6.2-2.6. 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 bring a 47-31 record to the battle against the 39-39 Cubs. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Chicago injuries news.

The OddsShark MLB Power Rankings have the Washington Nationals at No. 6 and the Chicago Cubs at No. 4 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Washington Nationals No. 1-rated offense, averaging 5.67 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs defense that ranks No. 8 at 4.41 in runs allowed per game. The Washington Nationals have averaged 9.82 hits per game so far, more than Chicago Cubs batters have averaged on the year (8.03 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the No. 12-rated road mark, allowing 4.45 runs per game on the highway. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago looks to awaken their bats in this one, after they were struck out 13 times by Stephen Strasburg in their last outing, a 8-4 setback against Washington at Nationals Park.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
  • Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington's last 16 games
  • Washington is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home
  • Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Cincinnati, Friday, June 30th
Washington at St. Louis, Friday, June 30th