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

Chicago hosts a three-game series against Washington, which has lost five straight since trading All-Star Juan Soto to San Diego.
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The Chicago Cubs will host the Washington Nationals for a three-game series starting Monday at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs (43-64) had their five-game home winning streak snapped in a 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Chicago claimed the first two games of the series, 2-1 and 4-0. The Cubs managed only two hits -- by Yan Gomes and Nick Madrigal -- off Jesus Luzardo in Sunday's loss. Adrian Sampson allowed back-to-back home runs by Jacob Stallings and Peyton Burdick in the fifth. The game was delayed 56 minutes because of rain.

The Nationals (36-74) have lost five straight since trading All-Star Juan Soto to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline. Washington started its seven-game road trip by being outscored 36-12 in a four-game sweep by the Philadelphia Phillies. The last two games the Nationals allowed double-digits in runs. 11-5 and 13-1.

Injuries

Washington Nationals – MacKenzie Gore: 15-Day IL (elbow), Evan Lee: 60-Day IL (flexor), Erick Fedde: 15-Day IL (right shoulder), Tyler Clippard: 15-Day IL (groin), 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)

Chicago Cubs – Christopher Morel: day-to-day (hamstring), Steven Brault: 10-Day IL (COVID), Kyle Hendricks: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (knee), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), 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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Probable Pitchers

Monday: Anibal Sanchez, RHP (0-4, 7.65 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) vs. Keegan Thompson, RHP (8-5, 3.48 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)

Tuesday: Paolo Espino, RHP (0-4, 4.20 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) vs. Marcus Stroman, RHP (3-5, 4.00 ERA, 1.14 WHIP)

Wednesday: Josiah Gray, RHP (7-8, 4.92 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) vs. Justin Steele, LHP (4-7, 3.67 ERA, 1.41 WHIP)

How to Watch

Monday: 7:05 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

Tuesday: 7:05 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

Wednesday: 1:20 p.m., Marquee Sports Network, ESPN+