Washington Nationals
17-22
+110
50
-120
50
Chicago Cubs
21-21
Thu, May 20 - 2:20p ET   |   MASN   |   Wrigley Field
By Landon Smith

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs MLB Baseball Preview and Free Picks 05/20/21

Washington Nationals Will Try to Get a Win When Meet Chicago Cubs from Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois - Major League Baseball (MLB) Baseball Match Preview and Prediction Game on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Preview, Prediction and Picks

The Washington Nationals will look to wrap up their seven-game road trip with a winning record Thursday when they face the Cubs in Chicago.

After regrouping for a 4-3 win Wednesday night after losses in the first two games of the series against the Cubs, Washington can win back part of the four-game set at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won two of three games at Arizona this weekend.

Washington will aim for its fifth win in eight games when right-hander Joe Ross (2-3, 5.80 ERA) takes over.

Pitched at Arizona in his last outing on Saturday, Ross allowed four straight hits to open the game, leading the Diamondbacks to three points. After settling down to record two consecutive scoreless innings, Ross struggled again, leaving after allowing eight runs and eight hits in more than four innings with three goals and five strikeouts. Arizona won 11-4.

Ross is 0-2 with a 3.54 ERA in six career appearances against the Cubs, including five starts, with 23 strikeouts in 28 innings.

Chicago will respond with right-hander Trevor Williams (2-2, 6.27), who also got off to a rocky start Saturday, allowing three runs and four hits in two innings in the Cubs' possible 9-8 loss to Detroit. Opponents have caught Williams for 11 runs and 15 hits in 8 2/3 innings in his last three starts.

In five career appearances against the Nationals, including four starts, Williams is 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA with six homers allowed in 19 2/3 innings.

The Cubs haven't thrown a shutout all season.

It is possible that a new face will impact the game. On Wednesday, P.J. Higgins became the fifth Chicago player to make his major league debut this season when he knocked out Jason Heyward in the fourth.

Selected as a backup receiver, Higgins stayed in the game and played first base while Heyward dealt with a left hamstring strain. He was unsuccessful in three at-bats,

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (fullback) is on a roll. Heyward's status is uncertain.

Martinez said center fielder Victor Robles would undergo X-rays Thursday after injuring his right ankle in the fourth inning on Wednesday.

 

WINNER: Chicago Cubs @ -120

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By Landon Smith, on 2:20p ET