Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs - 8/9/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (44-64) vs Washington Nationals (36-75)

Game Info: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Marcus Stroman (3-5) (4.00) vs Paolo Espino (0-4) (4.20)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -200 / Washington Nationals +160 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of their series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

The Washington Nationals are 36-75 this season and have lost six games in a row. Washington lost Game 1 of this series by a score of 6-3 on Monday night. The Washington pitching staff has a 5.33 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, and a .271 opponent batting average this season. The Nationals offense has scored 421 runs with a .247 batting average and a .315 on base percentage. Nelson Cruz is batting .235 with eight home runs and 52 RBI’s for the Nationals this season. The projected starter for Washington is Paolo Espino, who is 0-4 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 70.2 innings pitched this season.

The Chicago Cubs are 44-64 this season and have won three of their last four games. Prior to winning Game 1 of this series, Chicago won two out of the three games played in their series against the Marlins. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.31 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .249 opponent batting average. The Cubs offense has scored 445 runs with a .242 batting average and a .316 on base percentage this year. Patrick Wisdom is batting .220 with 20 home runs and 52 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Marcus Stroman, who is 3-5 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 74.1 innings pitched this season.

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Washington is 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 15-40 in their last 55 games. The over is 4-0-2 in Washington’s last 6 games. Chicago is 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 Tuesday games. The under is 10-2-2 in Chicago’s last 14 home games.

Washington continues to struggle this season and has the worst record in the MLB. Chicago has played better at times during this season, but only has eight more wins than Washington. Chicago will start Marcus Stroman, who has allowed five runs in his last 27 innings pitched. For the Nationals, Paolo Espino has allowed five runs over his last 8.2 innings of work. I am taking the Cubs to win this game by at least two runs as the Nationals continue to slide.

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