Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals 8-17-22

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals 8/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals 8/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Chicago Cubs (48-67) will slug it out against the Washington Nationals (39-79) in the series installment finale of the NL Inter-Division at Nationals Park in Washington on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 1:05 PM ET.


Chicago is in 3rd place at 48-67 in the National League Central Division with a .417 team percentage and 16 games behind first place after gaining 481 runs but losing 552 for a -71 run difference for the season.


The Cubs look for a series win after splitting the first two installments of a series versus the Nationals when the Chicago ball club defeated Washington in game 2 on Tuesday.


DH Franmil Reyes powered the offense for the Cubs after scoring two runs on a double while driving one RBI in the winning effort.


SP Justin Steele finished 6.0 innings with only 5 hits and 2 walks allowed but struck out 5 hitters of the Nationals in the victory.


Third Baseman Patrick Wisdom hit 21 long balls with a batting average of .221 while driving a team-high 55 RBIs in reinforcing the offense of Chicago.


SS Nico Hoerner enhanced the swinging of bats with a batting average of .306, an OBP of .352, and a slugging percentage of .433 throughout the year.


The Cubs will be appointing left-handed Drew Smyly (5-6, 3.69 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 61 Ks) to start the closing game of a series facing Washington batters on Wednesday afternoon.


The southpaw thrower has given away 74 hits, 11 home runs, and 17 BBs in pitching for 70.2 innings in his pro baseball career this season.   


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Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Predictions 8/17/2022


The Washington Nationals dropped to 5th place at 39-79 in the National League East Division with a team percentage of .331 and a horrible 36.5 outings behind first place after tallying 448 runs but surrendering 659 for a run difference of -211 throughout the year.


The Nationals are trying to snatch a win here after a 5-4 victory in the series opener on Monday but lost game 2 to the Cubs at 5-7 on Tuesday.


2B César Hernández carried the load for Washington with a one-run score on a triple while starter Patrick Corbin conceded 6 hits, 4 earned runs, and 2 free bases with 3 strikeouts in finishing 6.0 innings in the loss.


RF Juan Soto knocked 21 balls over the perimeter with 46 RBIs and averaged .246 at the plate in leading the batting unit of the Nats this year.


DH Nelson Cruz added a team-high 57 RBIs, 9 home runs, and a batting average of .239 while 1B Josh Bell pitched in a team-leading batting average of .301, an on-base percentage of .384, and slugging .493 for Washington over the course of the campaign.


Right-hander Cory Abbott (0-2, 5.94 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 16 Ks) will be climbing up the hill to start for the Nats in the final round of a series against the Chi Cubs on Wednesday.


Abbott relinquished 15 hits, 11 free bases, and 5 long balls in pitching for 16.2 frames in the majors this year.   


Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals. The MLB Pick for this contest is Chicago -146. The Cubs will dominate this match-up on the road to win this series with a 24-33 record versus the Nationals who lost 43 of their last 62 games played at home this season.


Chicago ranked 21st  in runs scored while Washington ranked 26th in that category. The Cubs will win predicted at 4-3.  


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Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals 8/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:05 PM ET


Location: Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia


Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022                  




MLB Odds/Point Spread: Chicago Cubs -146        


MLB Totals: 9.0


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