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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Washington Nationals

, Nationals Park
Eddie Butler, RHP
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    Eddie Butler, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Butler had trouble with his command in his last outing against the Padres, and it resulted in a high pitch count. He threw 92 pitches in four-plus innings before he was pulled. He's 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three road starts so far.

Gio Gonzalez, LHP
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Gonzalez is off to his best start since 2012, his first season in Washington. He enters this game ranked sixth in the National League in ERA in what has been a strong bounce-back season. He is one strikeout away from 1,500 in his career.

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Chicago Cubs @ Washington Nationals

, Nationals Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP
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Arrieta is coming off his best outing of the season, in which he held Miami to one run over seven innings and threw an efficient 82 pitches. His last start vs. the Nats was May 8, 2016 (no decision).

Max Scherzer, RHP
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    Max Scherzer, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Scherzer was the victim of one of the toughest losses of the year last time out, as he struck out 11 and gave up just two hits in eight innings but allowed two unearned runs. He has recorded double digit strikeouts in six consecutive games.

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Chicago Cubs @ Washington Nationals

, Nationals Park
John Lackey, RHP
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    John Lackey, last 3 starts
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Career stats

Lackey has posted quality starts in his last two outings. He's also fared better on the road, going 4-4 with a 4.40 ERA. However, he hasn't had much luck vs. NL East teams this year, going 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA in four starts.

Stephen Strasburg, RHP
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Strasburg struggled his last start, giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings. He has not made it out of the sixth inning in any of his past three outings. In four career starts against the Cubs he owns a 1.95 ERA.

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Chicago Cubs @ Washington Nationals

, Nationals Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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Lester notched his third straight quality start in his last outing, beating the Marlins. He gave up three first-inning runs, then settled down and scattered four hits over seven innings. He hasn't faced the Nationals since 2015.

Joe Ross, RHP
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Ross is still searching for some consistency during his uneven 2017 campaign, but he is coming off a start in which he threw seven innings of one-run ball.

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Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
To Be Announced

Mike Leake, RHP
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Although he hasn't won an outing in over a month, Leake has pitched through six innings in three consecutive games with the team winning his last two. Most recently, in a 8-4 win over the Pirates, he gave up six hits and four runs (three earned).

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