Washington’s Five-Game Losing Skid
The Washington Nationals try to avoid a sixth straight loss when they oppose the host Chicago Cubs in the first of a three-game series Monday night. Washington was swept in a four-game set by the Phillies in Philadelphia, in last place in the NL East. It’s some 14 games behind the fourth-place Miami Marlins. Chicago had its modest two-game win streak snapped with a loss to the Marlins Sunday. Chicago’s cellar-dwelling in the NL Central standings, a half-game behind the fourth-place Pittsburgh Pirates. Both of these teams are building for the future, so before making any bet online on this contest, read our in-depth preview.
Nationals Ugly In Philly
The Washington Nationals knew when they dealt Juan Soto and Josh Bell to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline last week, they were going to go through much more losing the rest of the season. Sunday’s embarrassment, 13-1 against the homestanding Philadelphia Phillies, capped a four-game sweep, the Nationals outscored, 31-8, over the final three.
“The last three games were just not fun,” Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez said. “We haven’t swung the bats that badly. Today was a little different, but you think about who’s pitching, (Philadelphia’s Aaron) Nola’s been pitching well.”
First baseman Luke Voit, who came to the team in the Soto-Bell deals, extended his on-base streak to 17 games with two hits and a walk Sunday. Voit is batting .462 in his first four games with his new club.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz was 1-for-4 Sunday with two strikeouts. He has 52 RBIs to lead the current Nationals roster, 15 doubles, and eight home runs this season.
Righthander Anibal Sanchez gets the start for Monday’s series opener. The 38-year-old is 0-4 with a 7.65 ERA in four starts this season, striking out 15 in 20 innings. His shortest outing of the season was his last start. Against the New York Mets this past Wednesday, Sanchez surrendered five runs (four earned) on five hits over 4⅓ innings, striking out two and walking three.
Cubs Eke Out Wins
The Chicago Cubs don’t have a whole lot of offense these days but did manage to win two of three from the visiting Miami Marlins. After scoring just six runs in taking the first two games, they were blanked Sunday, 3-0.
Righty Keegan Thompson makes his 15th start (23rd appearance) Monday night. Thompson is a respectable 8-5 with a 3.48 ERA, striking out 83 in 93 innings. A rough outing, though, in his last start, against the St, Louis Cardinals last Tuesday. Thompson surrendered five runs on 10 hits-including two homers in 4⅔ innings. He struck out one with two walks.
Catcher Willson Contreras had a go-ahead two-run home run Friday in the Cubs’ series-opening win, driving in a run Saturday as well. He is batting .250 with 21 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, 42 RBIs, and 54 runs scored.
Third baseman Patrick Wisdom is on a three-game hitless streak, striking out five times over that span. The team’s leader in home runs (20) and RBIs (52) is batting just .219 this season.
Nationals vs Cubs Head-To-Head
It’s the first meeting between the teams this season after Chicago won four-of-seven in 2021.
The two teams didn’t play in 2020, but Washington won the season series in 2019, including a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field. The MLB lines for Monday’s opener giving the edge to the Cubs.
Nationals vs Cubs Game Information
- Game: Nationals (36-74) vs Cubs (43-64)
- Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
- Day/Time: Monday, Aug. 8th, 8:08 p.m. ET
- Live stream: MLB.tv
Nationals vs Cubs Betting Lines
A. Sanchez -R
|+1½ -135||+165||7½-120o||3½+115o / 3½-145u|
K. Thompson -R
|-1½ +115||-185||7½Evu||4½Evo /4½-130u|
Nationals vs Cubs Prediction
The Washington Nationals have shown minimal fight since dealing away their franchise player in Soto, though they may do better against another last-place team. The Chicago Cubs, who were able to win two of the three games against Miami, should be able to the same in this one..
Take the Chicago Cubs to win at home.