Cubs vs Nationals Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Start Time – August 17, 2022

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At Nationals Park on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs (48-67) face the Washington Nationals (39-79), with first pitch at 1:05 PM ET. The Cubs will hand the ball to Drew Smyly (5-6), and the Nationals will counter with Cory Abbott (0-2).

The Cubs are currently a moderate moneyline favorite (-163) on the road at the Nationals (+139). The total in this contest is set at 9.

Cubs vs. Nationals Odds

Run Line

Chicago Cubs (-1.5)

Moneyline

Cubs (-163)

Total

9 Runs (Over: -111, Under: -110)

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When, Where, at What Time is Cubs vs. Nationals

  • Game Day: Wednesday, August 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 1:05 PM ET
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Stadium: Nationals Park

Cubs Injury Report

Name Status Injury
Steven Brault 10 Day Injury List Illness
Jason Heyward 10 Day Injury List Knee
Wade Miley 15 Day Injury List Shoulder
Kyle Hendricks 15 Day Injury List Shoulder
Alec Mills 15 Day Injury List Back
Ethan Roberts 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Adbert Alzolay 60 Day Injury List Shoulder
Brad Wieck 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Codi Heuer 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Michael Hermosillo 60 Day Injury List Quadricep
Manuel Rodriguez 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Rafael Ortega Day-to-day Undisclosed

Nationals Injury Report

Name Status Injury
Luis Garcia 10 Day Injury List Groin
Erick Fedde 15 Day Injury List Shoulder
MacKenzie Gore 15 Day Injury List Elbow
Jackson Tetreault 60 Day Injury List Shoulder
Tanner Rainey 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Joe Ross 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Sean Doolittle 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Carter Kieboom 60 Day Injury List Elbow
Will Harris 60 Day Injury List Pectoral
Seth Romero 60 Day Injury List Calf
Stephen Strasburg 60 Day Injury List Ribs
Evan Lee 60 Day Injury List Shoulder

Last Time Out: Cubs and Nationals

These clubs meet again after the Cubs defeated the Nationals 7-5 yesterday. Brandon Hughes registered the win for the Cubs (1.00 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K), and Franmil Reyes led the way offensively (2-for-5 with a home run and an RBI). Victor Arano (1.00 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 K) was credited with the loss for the Nationals.

Betting Trends

Cubs Betting Records and Team Stats

This season, the Cubs have won 16 out of the 36 games, or 44.4%, in which they’ve been favored. Chicago is 5-3 this season when entering a game favored by -163 or more on the moneyline. The Cubs have a 62% chance to win this game based on the implied probability of the moneyline. Chicago and its opponents have hit the over in 49 of their 115 games with a total this season. In 115 games with a spread this season, the Cubs are 59-56-0 ATS.

Name GP AVG (Rank) OBP (Rank) SLG (Rank) HR% (Rank) K% (Rank) BB% (Rank)
Ian Happ 112 .281 (32) .359 (26) .453 (44) 2.6% (89) 23.5% (101) 10.0% (47)
Nico Hoerner 100 .306 (9) .352 (38) .433 (66) 1.8% (114) 11.2% (6) 5.5% (130)
Willson Contreras 98 .247 (93) .357 (30) .455 (41) 4.0% (39) 21.7% (90) 9.3% (61)
Patrick Wisdom 111 .221 (132) .316 (100) .442 (56) 4.7% (24) 33.6% (145) 11.0% (33)
Christopher Morel 73 .258 (-) .328 (-) .458 (-) 3.6% (-) 30.5% (-) 8.9% (-)

Nationals Betting Records and Team Stats

The Nationals have been chosen as underdogs in 103 games this year and have walked away with the win 32 times (31.1%) in those games. This year, Washington has won 20 of 62 games when listed as at least +139 or worse on the moneyline. Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Nationals have a 41.8% chance of pulling out a win. Washington and their opponents have hit the over in 58 of their 118 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season. The Nationals are 49-69-0 against the spread in their 118 games with a line set by sportsbooks this season.

Name GP AVG (Rank) OBP (Rank) SLG (Rank) HR% (Rank) K% (Rank) BB% (Rank)
Nelson Cruz 109 .239 (110) .321 (84) .354 (132) 2.1% (102) 23.1% (97) 10.1% (45)
César Hernández 117 .247 (93) .309 (112) .315 (141) 0.0% (143) 17.6% (53) 7.0% (96)
Keibert Ruiz 94 .244 (102) .305 (117) .351 (133) 1.6% (121) 12.0% (9) 6.8% (99)
Luke Voit 94 .226 (125) .320 (86) .416 (80) 4.1% (35) 33.0% (144) 11.2% (28)
Yadiel Hernandez 92 .272 (-) .316 (-) .415 (-) 2.8% (-) 22.9% (-) 5.9% (-)

Cubs vs. Nationals Picks and Predictions

Our pick for this matchup is the Cubs to win (-163 on the moneyline), while we predict the total score will go over the total (9 runs).

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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