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Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 30,904

Cubs look to hand Nationals 6th straight setback

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs

  1. Last season, the Cubs won four of seven games against the Nationals, including three of four in Chicago. All three of Washington's wins were by one run while three of the four by Chicago were by exactly three runs each.
  2. The Nationals currently have the worst record in the majors at 36-74 (.327). Only the 1969 Expos had fewer wins in franchise history through their first 110 games (35). Washington has lost five straight and has been outscored 45 to 17 in that time.
  3. Luke Voit has hit .462 (6-for-13) with a home run in his first four games with the Nationals after hitting just .225 in 82 games with the Padres. He has 14 home runs this season after hitting 11 in 2021 and a career-high 22 in 2020 (56 games).
  4. The Cubs took two of three at home against the Marlins, posting a shutout on Saturday, only to be shut out on Sunday. Their pitching staff has nine shutouts this season while their hitters have been shut out seven times, including three times in their last seven games.
  5. Nico Hoerner is hitting .316 (6-for-19) this month including a three-hit game on Saturday. His 10 games this season with three of more hits leads the Cubs with no one else on the team having more than seven.
  6. Anibal Sanchez is 0-4 in four starts this season and is looking for his first win since September 26, 2020 (he did not play last season). His 112 career wins is tied for 13th currently among active pitchers.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/8/2022 thru 8/10/2022

A week ago, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was listening to various offers for Juan Soto and Josh Bell and sifting through proposals deemed acceptable.

Eventually Soto and Bell were traded to San Diego and while the Nationals won their first game following the deal, Washington has continued to struggle.

Washington attempts to halt a five-game losing streak Monday when it visits the Chicago Cubs for the opener of a three-game series.

Washington officially dealt Soto hours before Tuesday's deadline and then earned a 5-1 win over the New York Mets. Since Tuesday, the Nationals have been outscored 45-17 during their five-game skid, their fifth losing streak of at least five games.

After losing two close games to start their latest skid, the Nationals were blown out in the final three games in Philadelphia.

On Friday, the Nationals did not get a baserunner until the seventh in a 7-2 loss and on Saturday, they faced a nine-run deficit through two innings in an 11-5 loss. On Sunday, starter Cory Abbott allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings and Washington allowed a pair of five-run innings.

"We got to pitch better. We got to get some better starting pitching," Washington manager Dave Martinez said. "We're always behind. It's tough for morale."

Anibal Sanchez (0-4, 7.65 ERA) will look to give the Nationals a strong outing on Monday. Sanchez has allowed at least four runs in three of his four outings this season, including Wednesday against the Mets when he allowed five runs (four earned) and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Sanchez is 5-2 with a 2.94 ERA in nine career regular-season starts against the Cubs. He last faced the Cubs Aug. 23, 2019, in Chicago, when he allowed two runs (one earned) and one hit in 8 1/3 innings to earn the win.

Keegan Thompson (8-5, 3.48), who is experiencing mixed results of late, goes for the Cubs. Thompson allowed two unearned runs in seven innings July 26 against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates and followed it up by getting tagged for five runs and a season-high 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 6-0 loss at St. Louis.

Thompson earned the win in relief during his only previous appearance against Washington on May 18, 2021.

While the Cubs own one of the worst records in the National League, they are 5-1 in their past six home games and 8-7 since the All-Star break.

Chicago played a trio of low-scoring games against the visiting Miami Marlins. After Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer and an RBI single in Chicago's first two wins, the offense was held to two hits in a 3-0 loss Sunday.

Yan Gomes and Nick Madrigal had the hits for the Cubs, who had four baserunners Sunday. Chicago also played without rookie Christopher Morel, who is day-to-day with right hamstring tightness.

Morel is mired in a 1-for-26 skid that has seen his average plummet to .259 and is batting .216 since the All-Star break.

"We were able to take two out of three but (Sunday) we just weren't able to capitalize (with) too many runs," Chicago manager David Ross said.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 8, 2022

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