- The Cubs are -185 home favorites over the Nationals on Monday night
- Anibal Sanchez (0-4, 7.65) will pitch for Washington against Keegan Thompson (8-5, 3.48)
- A look at the Nationals vs Cubs odds and matchup can be found below with a prediction
Two also-rans begin a three-game series when the Chicago Cubs host the woebegone Washington Nationals at 8:05 p.m. ET Monday at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs (43-64, 22-33 home) lost for the sixth time in their last eight games Sunday when they were blanked 3-0 by the visiting Miami Marlins.
The Nationals (36-74, 19-34 road) have the worst record in the major leagues and were hammered 13-1 by the Phillies on Sunday in Philadelphia. Washington has lost five straight games as well as six of seven and eight of 11.
Nationals vs Cubs Odds
Odds as of August 7th at Caesars Sportsbook.
As -185 favorites, the Cubs have an implied win probability of 64.91%. Both teams have very long World Series odds of +200000.
It could be a windy and rainy night at Wrigley Field with the weather forecast calling for a 50% chance of showers or thunderstorms and wind from the north at 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. The temperature at scheduled first pitch is expected to be 72 degrees with a low of 67.
Nationals vs Cubs Probable Pitchers
Anibal Sanchez (0-4, 7.65) is scheduled to start for the Nationals against Keegan Thompson (8-5, 3.48). Sanchez will be pitching on four days of rest and Thompson on five.
Sanchez vs Thompson
Sanchez has lost all four starts after spending the first three months of the season on the injured list with a cervical nerve impingement. He was tagged for five runs and five hits in 4.1 innings by the New York Mets on Wednesday in Washington while walking three and striking out two.
Anibal Sanchez threw a 60.5 MPH butterfly change tonight. When you’re 38 and pitching in the show for the first time in a couple years, you’ve got to empty out the bag of tricks! pic.twitter.com/B26oVjmDX7
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) July 15, 2022
Sanchez has a 5-2 career record against the Cubs with a 2.94 ERA in nine starts. He is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in six outings at Wrigley Field.
This will be Sanchez’s second road start of the season. He gave up three runs in five innings to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 23 in Phoenix. Sanchez has a 7.47 ERA in three starts at night.
Thompson has struggled lately, going 1-3 with a 4.22 ERA in his last six starts.
Thompson got hit hard by the Cardinals on Tuesday in St. Louis. He was roughed up for five runs and 10 hits in 4.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout.
In his lone appearance against the Nationals, Thompson got a win last season by pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
He has never forgotten where he comes from.
Wrigley Field will NEVER be the same. Keegan Thompson’s elementary school teachers are here receiving the royal treatment. So. Much. Fun. Go Cubbies! 💙🤍💙🤍💙🤍 pic.twitter.com/V1sGZpObBe
— Dr. Paige Raney, NBCT (@PaigeRaney) August 6, 2022
Thompson has pitched well at Wrigley Field this year, posting a 5-2 record and 2.50 ERA in 13 games (seven starts). He is 6-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 15 games (nine starts) at night. The Cubs have split Thompson’s 14 starts.
Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers
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|Cubs Batters||Batting Average vs Anibal Sanchez|
Nationals hitters have just seven plate appearances combined versus Thompson. The Cubs’ Yan Gomes is 8 for 22 (.364) with two doubles, one triple and two home runs off Sanchez.
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Nationals vs Cubs Betting Outlook
Cesar Hernandez was a bright spot for the Nationals on Sunday as he had three hits and his team’s only RBI despite Washington losing by 12 runs to the Phillies. Luke Voit added two hits.
The Nationals gave up 14 home runs while being swept in the four-game series.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 6, 2022
The Cubs also had a rough time Sunday, being shut out on two singles by the Marlins.
Cubs rookie center fielder Christopher Morel, who has +3000 National League Rookie of the Year odds, missed the game with right hamstring tightness. He is questionable for Monday.
Despite it being this late in the season, the teams are meeting for the first time in 2022.
The Cubs went 4-3 against the Nationals last season, including 3-1 at home, as Rafael Ortega went 8 for 13 (.615) with a double and four home runs. Washington’s Yadiel Hernandez was 6 for 13 (.462) with two doubles and two homers.
Nationals vs Cubs Last 10 Games
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Nationals vs Cubs Prediction
Neither starter is pitching well in the moment. However, the lean goes to Thompson pitching at home, where he has been successful this season.
Pick: Cubs ML (-185)
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