Heading into game three of this National League matchup, the Cubs (44-50, 23-25 home) will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound against the Nationals (38-57, 23-25 away) and Trevor Williams. Check out my pick for today’s Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs game in Chicago.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS VS CHICAGO CUBS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Chicago Cubs -168

This game will be played at Wrigley Field at 8:05 ET on Wednesday, July 19th

WHY BET THE CHICAGO CUBS:

  • The Nationals have gone just 4-6 in their last ten games.
  • Over their previous ten games as the underdog, the Nationals are just 4-6 straight-up.
  • Across Kyle Hendricks’ 10 starts, the Cubs have put together a record of 6-4.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD

With an overall record of 38-57, the Nationals are 5th in the NL East. When playing at home, they are 15-32 and 23-25. So far, Washington has a record of 21-21 against below .500 teams and have played in 31 series, going 10-19-2.

Washington Nationals starter Trevor Williams has a 5-5 record and an ERA of 4.42 so far this season. His ERA is higher on the road (4.76) than it is at home (4.28). Williams’ WHIP for the year stands at 1.42, and opponents are batting .271 against him with a slugging percentage of .484.

Trevor Williams will be aiming to get back on track today, after his last start saw him exit after 2 2/3 innings and surrendering one run on one hit. His no-decision in the Nationals’ 7-5 victory over the Cardinals left him with a lot to prove.

This season, the Nationals are 20th in the league at 4.2 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .242 (14th) leading to 5.4 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 2.5 walks per game compared to 7 strikeouts. Washington’s on-base percentage of .317 has them 13th in the MLB.

Keibert Ruiz has been a major contributor to the Nationals’ offense over their last five games, leading the team with two home runs. Across the entire season, he has hit 11 long balls and is batting .240.

WILL THE CHICAGO CUBS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?

94 games into the season, the Cubs have a record of 44-50, putting them 3rd in the NL Central. This mark includes an overall series 13-13-4. At home, they are 23-25 compared to 21-25 on the road.

Kyle Hendricks has made 10 appearances so far this season, with a .377 slugging percentage allowed and a WHIP of 1.09. His overall record stands at 3-4 with an ERA of 3.57, and he has 37 strikeouts, averaging 5.74 K’s per nine innings. When away from home, Hendricks is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.75; however, his record at home is 1-3 and his ERA is 5.03.

Kyle Hendricks suffered a defeat in his most recent start against Boston, as the Cubs were defeated 8-3. He gave up five runs on eight hits in the game.

The Cubs have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 8 home runs over their last five games. Compared to other clubs, this is 5th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 16th in home runs and 18th in slugging percentage. Overall, Chicago is averaging 4.8 runs per game (10th).

Over the Cubs’ last five games, Cody Bellinger has been a force to be reckoned with, leading the team in hits and batting an impressive .400. This season, Bellinger has continued his offensive dominance, hitting .308 and driving in 35 runs.