Nationals host Cubs in first of 3-game series

Chicago Cubs (47-66, third in NL Central) vs. Washington nationals (38-78, fifth in the NL East)

Washington; Monday, 7:05 p.m. EDT

LAUNCH PROBABLES: Cubs: Marcus Stroman (3-5, 4.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 74 strikeouts); Nationals: Josiah Gray (7-8, 4.81 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 127 strikeouts)

LINE: Cubs -140, Nationals +118; over/under is 8 points

BOTTOM LINE: The Washington Nationals start a three-game home series against the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

Washington is 38-78 overall and 18-42 at home. The Nationals are 26-8 in games while scoring at least five points.

Chicago is 47-66 overall and 23-32 on the road. The Cubs are 17-10 in games when they hit two or more homers.

Monday’s game is the fourth time these teams have faced each other this season.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Nelson Cruz has 15 doubles and eight homers for national championships. Joey Meneses is 13 for 27 with four home runs and six RBIs in the last 10 games.

Patrick Wisdom leads Chicago with 21 home runs while hitting .446. Christopher Morel is 5 for 23 with two home runs and three RBIs in the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 2-8, .264 batting average, 7.09 ERA, outscored by 38 runs

Cubs: 6-4, .258 batting average, 3.48 ERA, outscored opponents by five points

INJURIES: Nationals: Luis Garcia: IL 10 days (groin), Erick Fedde: IL 15 days (shoulder), MacKenzie Gore: IL 15 days (elbow), Evan Lee: IL 60 days (flexor), Stephane Strasbourg: IL 60 days (ribs), Tanner Rainey: IL 60 days (elbow), Jackson Tetreault: IL 60 days (shoulder), Carter Kieboom: IL 60 days (forearm), Sean Doolittle: IL 60 days (elbow), Will Harris: IL 60 days (pectoral), Seth Romero: 60 days IL (calf), Joe Ross: IL 60 days (elbow)

Cubs: Michael Hermosillo: IL 60 days (quadriceps), Steven Brault: IL 10 days (covid), Kyle Hendricks: IL 15 days (shoulder), Alec Mills: IL 15 days (back), Jason Heyward: IL 10 days (knee), Wade Miley: IL 15 days (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: IL 60 days (elbow), Ethan Robert: IL 60 days (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: IL 60 days (shoulder), Codi Heuer: IL 60 days (elbow), Brad Wieck: IL 60 days (elbow)

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