The Chicago Cubs take on the Washington National on Thursday in a makeup game. The Cubs are playing well at 84-61, but still just one game above Milwaukee and 3.5 games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central. Washington is playing out the string but they’ve won five straight games. Yet they remain eight games behind Atlanta in the NL East and seven out of the last wild card spot. These teams have split six games this season.
Montgomery has been roughed up lately
Chicago comes into Washington not playing their best baseball with Milwaukee right on their backs. They’ve lost four of their last five games, including two of three at Washington last weekend. The offense has been the culprit as they’ve produced just 14 runs in those five games.
Left-hander Mike Montgomery goes for the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. He’s not pitched well as of late, allowing six runs in his last two starts over 8.1 innings. He’s also recorded just one win since June 29. He’s never started against the Nats, but has pitched in two relief appearances against them, giving up one run in 1.2 innings. He did pitch well on Aug. 7 against lowly Kansas City, giving up no runs in six innings of work.
Too little, too late
Washington has been on a hot streak as of late but where was the solid play in August or July? The Nats have been one of the league’s biggest disappointments. Some of it can be attributed to injuries. Last night, Stephen Strasburg, who has missed about half the season, led the Nationals to a 5-1 win. Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and rookie Juan Soto homered to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
The Nats will send young right-hander Joe Ross to the bump. Ross hasn’t started since July 9, 2017 after recovering from TommyJohn surgery. The 25-year old hurler was 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts in the minors as he’s worked his way back in rehab. In three career starts against the Cubs, Ross is 0-2 with a 3.44 ERA.
- 6-13 last 19 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- 10-2-1 Over last 13 home starts for Ross.
- 6-2 Over last 8 overall.
Chicago Cubs are:
- 21-7 last 28 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- 11-5 last 16 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game