The Chicago Cubs will play a three-game series at the Washington Nationals, starting Monday at Nationals Park.
The Cubs (47-66) have won four of their past six games, including three straight before a 8-5 loss Sunday at the Cincinnati Reds. Sunday's game marked the second consecutive game the Cubs hit three home runs. Chicago's recent stretch also includes two victories over the Nationals, 6-3 and 4-2, at Wrigley Field.
The Nationals (38-78) dropped a three-game series against the San Diego Padres and Juan Soto, falling 10-5 and 6-0 with a 4-3 win in the middle. Washington has lost three of its past five since its six-game losing streak.
The Cubs and Nationals are each looking to the future and not this year's playoffs. Chicago is 15.5 games out of the NL wild-card race, while Washington is the worst team in MLB.
Chicago Cubs – Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Steven Brault: 10-Day IL (COVID), Kyle Hendricks: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (knee), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Washington Nationals – Luis Garcia: 10-Day IL (groin), Erick Fedde: 15-Day IL (shoulder), MacKenzie Gore: 15-Day IL (elbow), Evan Lee: 60-Day IL (flexor), Stephen Strasburg: 60-Day IL (ribs), Tanner Rainey: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jackson Tetreault: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Carter Kieboom: 60-Day IL (forearm), Sean Doolittle: 60-Day IL (elbow), Will Harris: 60-Day IL (pectoral), Seth Romero: 60-Day IL (calf), Joe Ross: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Monday: Marcus Stroman, RHP (3-5, 4.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) vs. Josiah Gray, RHP (7-8, 4.81 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)
Tuesday: Justin Steele, LHP (4-7, 3.63 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) vs. Patrick Corbin, LHP (4-16, 7.02 ERA, 1.82 WHIP)
Wednesday: Drew Smyly, LHP (5-6, 3.69 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) vs. Cory Abbott, RHP (0-0, 5.94 ERA, 1.56 WHIP)
How to Watch
Monday: 6:05 p.m., Marquee Sports Network
Tuesday: 6:05 p.m., Marquee Sports Network
Wednesday: 12:05 p.m., Marquee Sports Network