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Cubs Favored in Potential NLCS Matchup vs Nats

Losing consecutive games for the first time since before the all-star break, the Cubs are in a miniature rut as they get set to host the NL East-leading Nationals in a potential NLCS preview. Also on a two-game losing streak, the Nats have slowed down significantly of late and come into Wrigley this afternoon as moneyline underdogs.

  • The Nationals are 0-4 SU and 1-3 on the runline in their last 4 games on the road against the Cubs.
  • The Cubs are 13-2 SU and 11-4 on the runline in their last 15 games after losing as a favorite.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Nationals’ last 8 games when opening a series.

Taking the mound for their respective teams it’s Tanner Roark (8-7, 4.93 ERA) and the recently rehabilitated Kyle Hendricks (4-3, 3.80 ERA). Since coming off the disabled list, Hendricks hasn’t exactly been sharp, giving up 14 hits in 9.1 innings of work, but he’s been effective, limiting the White Sox and Brewers to just two total earned runs in those starts.

2017 hasn’t been nearly the love fest it was for Roark in 2016 but he’s been a great back-end starter for the Nats. He’s 5-2 on the road this season and in his limited work against Cubs batters, he’s held them to a collective .200 average.

With a serious headwind forecasted to be blowing into Wrigley Field at the time of first pitch, I’m expecting the baseball to stay in the park and with Washington’s offense struggling of late, it couldn’t hurt to target the UNDER.

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Chicago (57-50) will face the 63-43 Nationals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Washington injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 1-ranked Chicago Cubs and the No. 15-rated Washington Nationals in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Washington Nationals rank No. 2 at 9.56 hits per game. That compares with the Chicago Cubs No. 25 ranking in that category.

Washington brings the No. 11-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cubs' No. 9-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Nationals were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Miami staff and losing 7-0 to the Marlins on Wednesday at Marlins Park.

The Cubs endured a 10-8 loss at the hands of the Diamondbacks on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Chicago, Saturday, August 5