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    The Chicago Cubs (43-49) and the Washington Nationals (37-56) meet on Monday at 8:05 PM ET. The Cubs are favored on the moneyline (-146) against the underdog Nationals (+124). Chicago’s Drew Smyly starts against Washington’s MacKenzie Gore.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Cubs vs. Nationals

    • Game Day: Monday, July 17, 2023
    • Game Time: 8:05 PM ET
    • Location: Chicago, Illinois
    • Stadium: Wrigley Field
    Cubs vs Nationals Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Cubs -146 8

    How Do I Watch the Cubs vs. the Nationals?

    • TV Channel: MARQ

    Cubs Stats & Trends

    Cubs Batting

    • The Cubs rank 21st in MLB play with 100 total home runs.
    • Chicago has the 17th-ranked batting average in MLB (.247).
    • The Cubs’ .326 on-base percentage is 10th-best in baseball.
    • Chicago strikes out 9.2 times per game, the No. 22 mark in baseball.
    • The Cubs average 1.1 homers per game when playing at home this season (50 total in home contests).
    • Chicago is slugging .398 with 2.5 extra-base hits per game at home.
    • The club averages 8.4 hits per game and is batting .251 at home this season.

    Cubs Key Batters

    • Nico Hoerner leads Chicago in slugging percentage (.380) thanks to 24 extra-base hits. He has a .273 batting average and an on-base percentage of .325.
    • Among all qualifying batters in the majors, his batting average ranks 42nd, his on-base percentage ranks 87th, and he is 120th in slugging.
    • Hoerner hopes to build on a three-game hitting streak in this matchup. During his last five outings he is batting .150 with a triple, two walks and four RBI.
    • Cody Bellinger has 13 doubles, a triple, 12 home runs and 21 walks. He’s batting .301 and slugging .524 with an on-base percentage of .358.
    • Ian Happ leads Chicago in OBP (.373) this season, fueled by 78 hits.
    • Christopher Morel is batting .271 with a .324 OBP and 39 RBI for Chicago this season.
    • Morel enters this game on a three-game hitting streak. During his last five outings he is batting .278 with two walks and two RBI.

    Nationals Stats & Trends

    Nationals Batting

    • The Nationals have hit just 81 homers this season, which ranks 29th in the league.
    • Washington has a team batting average of .260 this season, which ranks sixth among MLB teams.
    • The Nationals have the 18th-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.317).
    • Washington has the fewest strikeouts in MLB, fanning only 7.1 times per game on average.
    • They’ve hit 44 homers, an average of 1.0 per game, in 46 road contests this season.
    • Washington is slugging .397 in 46 road games this season.
    • They are averaging 8.9 base hits per game and batting .254 on the road this season.

    Nationals Key Batters

    • Lane Thomas has a team-best OBP (.348) and slugging percentage (.490), while leading the Nationals in hits (109, while batting .299).
    • Including all the qualified players in MLB, his batting average is 11th, his on-base percentage is 38th, and he is 27th in slugging.
    • Jeimer Candelario has 27 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 30 walks while hitting .260. He’s slugging .477 with an on-base percentage of .336.
    • He is currently 70th in batting average, 61st in on-base percentage and 38th in slugging percentage among all qualifying hitters.
    • Luis Garcia is hitting .265 with 12 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 20 walks.
    • Joey Meneses is batting .282 with 21 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 22 walks.

    Cubs vs. Nationals Probable Pitchers

    Drew Smyly (CHC) Pitcher MacKenzie Gore (WSH)
    7 – 6 W/L 4 – 7
    94 IP 89.2
    4.50 ERA 4.42
    1.351 WHIP 1.461
    7.6 K/9 10.8
    3.3 BB/9 3.9

    Cubs vs. Nationals Injury Updates

    • Cubs: Dansby Swanson: 10 Day IL (Heel), Nick Madrigal: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Brandon Hughes: 60 Day IL (Knee), Brad Boxberger: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Nick Burdi: 60 Day IL (Appendicitis), Adrian Sampson: 60 Day IL (Knee), Ethan Roberts: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Codi Heuer: 60 Day IL (Elbow)
    • Nationals: Victor Robles: 10 Day IL (Back), Israel Pineda: 10 Day IL (Finger), Carl Edwards Jr.: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Thad Ward: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Stephen Strasburg: 60 Day IL (Ribs/shoulder), Tanner Rainey: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Cade Cavalli: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Victor Arano: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Jeimer Candelario: day-to-day (Thumb)

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