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Matt Garza out to silence Nationals bats in MLB contest

Washington NationalsChicago Cubs
Aug 8, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Odds

55-59TEAM RECORD49-66

MLB wagering interest swings to the Chicago vs Washington battle on Monday at Wrigley Field as the Cubs try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Chicago hands the ball to starter Matt Garza in this one and he'll try to improve on his 5-8 mark on the year. Washington counters with Chien-Ming Wang, who will try to quiet the fans and the Cubs bats at the same time.

View Washington vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Nationals were listed as +-190 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 999 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs sit at No. 12 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Nationals sit at a National League No. 16 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Chicago and its National League No. 8-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 5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington's National League No. 6-rated defense.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Rockies on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at +112 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Nationals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Aaron Cook and the Rockies 3-2 on Sunday at Coors Field.

Chicago was an 8-7 loser in its last match at home against the Reds. They lost as -108 favorites, while the total score of 15 made winners of OVER bettors. Chicago suffered an 8-7 loss against Cincinnati on Sunday, as Randy Wells wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Wrigley Field.

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

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Nationals at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Washington is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Chi Cubs are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington at Chi Cubs, Tuesday, August 9

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