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MLB Baseball: Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals – June 26, 2017

MLB Baseball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: Nationals Park in Washington DC
  • Date & Time: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:05 PM ET
  • M/L Spread: CHC +139 | WASH -154
  • Total: 9.5
  • Quick Pick: Washington Nationals -154 for 2 Units

The defending World Champion Chicago Cubs will travel to the nation’s capital and take on the Washington Nationals in a 4 game series starting tonight. This is the first time this year these two teams have played each other.

Defending Champs Set Aim On 1st Place

The Chicago Cubs come into this game 1 game over .500 at 38-37 and are in 2nd place by 1.5 games. The Cubs have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and come into the game off a 4-2 Sunday loss to the Marlins.

The Cubs are 8-6 against teams from the National League East Division. They have a +24 run differential this year, scoring 350 runs and allowing 326 runs. The Cubs have struggled on offense this year and have the 2nd worst team batting average in the National League. The Cubs have battled injuries all year long and thought they were getting healthy with the anticipated return of Jason Heyward this upcoming week but they lost Addison Russell on Sunday to a shoulder injury. It is unclear how long Russell will be out and how much time he will miss, if any.

Nationals Offense Could Cause Problems For Cubs

The Washington Nationals come into this game in first place in the National League East Division. They have a 45-30 record and are 9 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and are 5-4 this year against teams from the NL Central Division.

The Nationals are the top offense in the National League. They sport a +88 run differential, scoring the most runs in the NL with 424 and allowing 336 runs. The Nationals lead the National League in team batting average at .279, home runs at 116, runs at 424 and are 4th in pitching ERA at 4.12 as a team.

Nationals Put Up Pitching Gem From Gio Gonzalez

Gio Gonzalez will make his 16th start for the Nationals. He is 7-1 and has a 2.96 ERA. He has only allowed 79 hits in 94 innings pitched. He has won 2 in a row, both on the road, and now gets a shot to play at home against the defending champions. He will be going up against Eddie Butler, who has struggled this year. The Nationals offense should be able to put up runs early in support of Gio and I expect a win for the Nationals at home. I’ll be playing this as a 2 unit play. Pick: Washington Nationals -154 for 2 units