Cubs vs Nationals Prediction - MLB Picks 5/3/23

Washington Nationals (11-18) vs Chicago Cubs (15-14)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Jake Irvin (0-0) (0.00) vs Marcus Stroman (2-2) (2.29)

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The Chicago Cubs will play the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of their series on Wednesday night at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

Cubs Preview

The Chicago Cubs are 15-14 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. Chicago won Game 1 of this series by a score of 5-1 on Monday night. The Chicago pitching staff has a 3.58 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a .224 opponent batting average this year. The Cubs offense has scored 152 runs with a .274 batting average and a .345 on base percentage. Patrick Wisdom is batting .242 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI’s for the Cubs. The projected starting pitcher for Chicago is Marcus Stroman, who is 2-2 with a 2.29 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over 35.1 innings pitched this season.

Nationals Preview

The Washington Nationals are 11-18 this season and they have lost four of their last six games. Washington won Game 2 of this series by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday night. The Washington pitching staff has a 4.48 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a .259 opponent batting average. The Nationals offense has scored 109 runs with a .251 batting average and a .315 on base percentage this season. Jeimer Candelario is batting .231 with four home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Nationals. The projected starting pitcher for Washington is Jake Irvin, who is making his first appearance of the year.

Pick

Both of these teams have struggled in recent games, but the Cubs come into this game with a winning record. The Cubs have hit the ball very well to start this season and they are in the top ten in runs scored in the MLB. Washington is towards the bottom of the MLB in runs scored and they have a 4.48 team ERA this year. Chicago is starting Marcus Stroman, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. Washington is starting Jake Irvin, who is making his season debut. I like the Cubs to generate a good amount of offense in this game, while Stroman will keep the Nationals in check. Take the Cubs -1.5 here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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