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Chicago to visit Washington Saturday

July 31, 2021 GMT

Chicago Cubs (50-55, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Washington Nationals (48-55, fourth in the NL East)

Washington; Saturday, 7:05 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (12-4, 3.85 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 91 strikeouts) Nationals: TBD

BOTTOM LINE: Washington and Chicago will play on Saturday.

The Nationals are 28-25 on their home turf. Washington hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .327 this season, led by Juan Soto with a mark of .415.

The Cubs are 19-34 on the road. Chicago hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .305 this season, led by Willson Contreras with a mark of .343.

The Nationals won the last meeting 4-3. Paolo Espino earned his third victory and Josh Bell went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Washington. Jake Arrieta took his 10th loss for Chicago.

TOP PERFORMERS: Soto leads the Nationals with 97 hits and has 58 RBIs.

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Contreras leads the Cubs with 17 home runs and is batting .236.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 4-6, .252 batting average, 4.61 ERA, outscored by six runs

Cubs: 3-7, .235 batting average, 4.69 ERA, outscored by nine runs

INJURIES: Nationals: Austin Voth: (undisclosed), Stephen Strasburg: (neck), Kyle McGowin: (bicep), Will Harris: (hand), Steven Fuentes: (shoulder), Luis Avilan: (elbow), Victor Robles: (back), Jordy Mercer: (calf), Alex Avila: (calf).

Cubs: Brad Wieck: (heart), Rowan Wick: (oblique), Kohl Stewart: (elbow), Dillon Maples: (blister), Jonathan Holder: (shoulder), Nick Madrigal: (hamstring), Nico Hoerner: (oblique), Austin Romine: (left wrist), Jose Lobaton: (shoulder), P.J. Higgins: (forearm).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.