Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs - 8/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (43-63) vs Washington Nationals (36-73)

Game Info: Monday, August 8, 2022 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Keegan Thompson (8-5) (3.58) vs Anibal Sanchez (0-4) (7.65)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -175 / Washington Nationals +161 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs face off on Monday in an MLB showdown at Wrigley Field. 

The Washington Nationals come into this game with a 36-74 record overall but they are coming off another terrible loss on Sunday. The pitching staff was awful giving up 13 runs and that led to the defeat. The Nationals pitching overall is giving up 5.58 runs per game which is 30th in the league. The offense has also not been very good averaging 3.8 runs per game, and it’s even worse now with Juan Soto and Josh Bell are gone. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Cubs who sit with a 43-64 record overall but they won two of the three games against the Miami Marlins over the weekend. Even though they won two games, the Cubs only scored six runs total during the three games. The Cubs are averaging 4.1 runs per game. In this game, the Cubs are going to need the offense to find success early in this game. 

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On the mound for the Nationals will be Anibal Sanchez who sits with an 0-4 record and an ERA of 7.65. In Sanchez's last start against the New York Mets, he went 4.1 innings giving up five hits and five runs. 

On the mound for the Cubs will be Keegan Thompson who sits with an 8-5 record and an ERA of 3.48. In his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals, he went 4.2 innings giving up 10 hits and five runs. 

The Cubs are 5-1 in their last six home games. The Cubs are 6-1 in their last seven games against the National League East. The over is 3-0-2 in the Nationals last five games overall. 

Sanchez is coming off a start where he gave up five runs and he is going to be lit up in this game. It hasn’t seemed to matter who Sanchez has faced off against, the Cubs have run up the score and that is going to be the difference in this game. The Cubs will score enough to win this game on the run line. 

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