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Cubs at Nationals Series Preview: How to Watch, Probables, and More

Chicago, which has won four of its past six games, visits last-place Washington for a three-game series in the nation's capital.
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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)

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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)

Probable Pitchers

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