Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals - 8/17/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Washington Nationals (39-78) vs Chicago Cubs (47-67)

Game Info: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Drew Smyly vs. Cory Abbott

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

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The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals face off on Wednesday in an MLB showdown at Nationals Park. The two teams have split the first two games of this series. On Tuesday it took extra innings for the Cubs to win 7-5. 

The Cubs come into this game with a 48-67 record overall and on Tuesday it was the offense that was the difference as they put up seven runs on the way to the victory. Overall this season the Cubs offense has been an issue and they are averaging 4.18 runs per game. The top player for the Cubs has been Patrick Wisdom and he has hit 21 home runs and driven in 55 RBIs so far this season. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Nationals who sit with a 39-79 record overall and they have lost two of their last three games. On Monday the Nationals only gave up four runs and that was enough to win by a run. The Nationals pitching overall this season is giving up 5.59 runs per game which is 30th in the league. The Nationals offense is playing a ton of young guys now with Juan Soto and Josh bell gone. 

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On the mound for the Cubs is Drew Smyly who sits with a 5-6 record and an ERA of 3.69. In his last start against the Reds, he went five innings giving up four hits and zero runs.

On the mound for the Nationals is Cory Abbott who sits with an 0-2 record and an ERA of 5.94. In his last start against the San Diego Padres, he went four innings giving up four hits and three runs. 

The Cubs are 4-1 in their last five games on Wednesday. The over is 4-1-1 i the Cubs last six games against a right-handed starter. The under is 5-1 in the Nationals last six home games against a left-handed starter. 

Smyly was strong in his last start giving up zero runs and I expect he is going to lockdown in this game. The Cubs are going to run up the score against Abbott who has had issues this season, and that is going to be the difference in this game as the Cubs get the job done. Back the Cubs on the run line. 

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