Nationals vs Cubs Prediction - MLB Picks 7/17/23

Chicago Cubs (43-48) vs Washington Nationals (37-55)

Game Info: Monday, July 17, 2023 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Drew Smyly (7-6) (4.50) vs () ()

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -132 / Washington Nationals +105 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

Nationals Betting Preview

The Nationals sit with a 37-56 record overall and they are coming off a loss on Sunday. The Nationals scored four runs, but the pitching gave up eight runs. The Nationals are averaging 4.19 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.14 runs per game. The offense is ranked 22nd in the league while the pitching is ranked 27th. On the mound for the Nationals will be MacKenzie Gore who sits with a 4-7 record and an ERA of 4.42. In his last start against the Reds he went 1.1 innings giving up one hit and zero runs. 

Cubs Betting Preview

The Cubs sit with a 43-49 record overall and they are also coming off a loss on Sunday. The pitching gave up 11 runs to the Boston Red Sox and that led to the defeat. The Cubs are averaging 4.65 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.43 runs per game. The offense is ranked 13th in the league while the pitching staff is ranked 15th. Christopher Morel has hit 15 home runs and driven in 40 RBIs. On the mound for the Cubs will be Drew Smyly who sits with a 7-6 record and an ERA of 4.31. The Cubs need him to be lights out here. 

Nationals vs Cubs Trends

Over is 4-0 in Cubs last 4 on grass. Over is 4-0 in Cubs last 4 overall. Over is 4-0 in Nationals last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Under is 3-0-1 in Cubs last 4 games as a favorite of -110 to -150. Over is 3-0-1 in Smylys last 4 home starts.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Nationals haven’t had a good season but this is a good sopt to take them. Smyly hasn’t been exactly lights out here, and the Nationals bats are going to get here. Gore might not be lights out, but he’s only going to give up a couple of runs and that will be enough to get the job done. Back the Nationals on the money line. 

Shane’s Pick Nationals ML

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