Nationals vs. Cubs Pick – MLB Predictions & Odds 5/1/23

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The Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals meet in MLB action from Nationals Park on Monday. Odds

Chicago is a -135 road favorite while Washington is a +115 home underdog. The total for this game is set at 8.5 runs.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Drew Smyly will start for the Cubs and is 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. MacKenzie Gore will start for the Nationals and is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season.

Matchup History

Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Nationals back on August 17th, 2022, made it back-to-back wins for the Cubs in this head-to-head matchup.

Trends

Chicago is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 18-7 in their last 25 games against the NL East while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Washington is 16-37 in their last 53 games overall and 14-40 in their last 54 home games while the under is 3-0-2 in their last 5 Monday games.

Pick

I’m rolling with the Nationals here. Washington managed to salvage something in their series finale against Pittsburgh and get to start the week here with their ace on the mound in MacKenzie Gore and while the Cubs have been strong out of the gate, Drew Smyly hasn’t been the easiest pitcher to back on the road and I think the Nationals catch the Cubs in a tough travel spot coming up from Miami while the Nats got to sleep in their own beds. I’ll take a stab at the Nats here.

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