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April 7, 1:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Odds

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The visiting Nationals hope for a solid performance on Saturday as they look to steal a win at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

Washington puts its faith in starter Gio Gonzalez to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 0-0. Getting the ball for the Cubs is Matt Garza, who owns a 0-0 record on the season with a 0.00 ERA.

View Washington vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Chicago sat as +110 underdogs. The total was set at 999.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 9-rated Cubs and the league No. 15-ranked Nationals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's National League No. 11-ranked scoring average of 1 runs per game, against a Nationals offense rated No. 9 and scoring 2 runs per game in the league. The Cubs have averaged 6 hits per game to date this season, more than the Nationals hitters have managed (4 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the National League's No. 8-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the National League's No. 4 mark in runs allowed.

Washington was a 2-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Cubs. They won as -140 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Nationals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Ryan Dempster and the Cubs 2-1 on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

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
Washington is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs' last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at Chi Cubs, Sunday, April 8

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