Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals 5-3-2023

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals 5/3/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals 5/3/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Chicago Cubs will head to the District of Columbia to face off with the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of the National League four-game series at Nationals Park in Washington on Wednesday evening.

 

The Chi Cubs dropped to 15-13 overall, 7-5 when playing away from home, and placed third in the NL Central with 4.5 games behind Pittsburgh in the first place while accumulating 151 runs and losing 104 for a +47 run difference over the course of the campaign.

 

The Cubs lost four of the last five contests played including the second installment of a series versus the Nationals to a score of 1-4 that evened the series at 1-1 on Tuesday.

 

The Chi Cubs drove in eight hits in one run with one error in the loss.

 

Second Baseman Nico Hoerner led Chicago with a batting average of .323 and a team-high 40 hits while Third Baseman Patrick Wisdom led in home runs with 10 and in RBIs with 20 while Shortstop Dansby Swanson chipped in an on-base percentage at .419.

 

On Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs will give the ball to right-hander Marcus Stroman to start the third match of a series against the Nationals.

 

The right-handed starter is 2-2 with a 2.29 ERA while striking out 33 batters for the season.   

 

The Chicago Cubs pitching staff will be missing two starters and one reliever in this match-up. Starting Pitchers Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) and Jameson Taillon (groin) are on a 15-day injured list status.

 

Relief Pitchers Brandon Hughes is also on a 15-day injured list status with kna ee injury.  

 

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Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Predictions 5/3/2023

 

The Washington Nationals will be playing their last two home outings looking for their second straight win when hosting the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

 

Washington is 10-18 overall, 3-12 at home play, and placed dead last in the NL East with 8.5 games behind while collecting 105 runs but wasting 135 for a run difference of -30 for the year.

 

The Nationals scored the first run of the match while adding three more runs leading to their 4-1 win with nine hits in the victory.

 

RP Hunter Harvey (2.13 ERA) has given away zero earned runs and one free walk while striking out one batter in pitching for 1.1 innings in taking the win for Washington.

 

Designated Hitter Joey Meneses averages .276 at the plate with a team-high 32 hits in leading the offense for the Nationals while Third Baseman Jeimer Candelario contributed a team-leading four home runs and 14 RBIs for Washington.

 

Center Fielder Victor Roble added a team-high on-base percentage at .362 for the Nats.

 

The Washington Nationals management did not announce the name of their starter in game three of a four-game series at home facing the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

 

Washington’s starting pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Cade Cavalli are on a 60-day IL due to an elbow injury while relievers Victor Arano (shoulder) and Tanner Rainey (elbow) are also on a 60-day IL.

 

Catcher Israel Pineda (finger), Shortstop Carter Kieboom (shoulder), Left Fielder Corey Dickerson (calf), and 2B Ildemaro Vargas (shoulder) are on a 10-day IL for the season. 

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals. The MLB Pick for this contest is Chi Cubs.

 

The Cubs won four of the last five head-to-head against the Nationals and won 19 of the last 26 games versus a rival from the NL East while Washington lost 36 of its last 52 overall and 41 of the last 56 at home.

 

Starter Marcus Stroman finished four solid starts conceding four earned runs through 23-1/3 innings in those stretches. The prediction: Chicago Cubs will win 6-2.

 

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Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals 5/3/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:05 PM ET

 

Location: Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia 

 

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2023

 

TV: MASN, MARQ

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Chicago Cubs -196

 

MLB Totals: 9

 

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