St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals Matchup

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The St. Louis Cardinals will take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The game gets underway 7:05 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be televising this NL matchup.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Washington (-125) as the favorite over St. Louis (+115). The total is sitting at 9 runs and gamblers can wager on the over for -105 and the under for -115. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds coming in at Cardinals +1.5 runs (-180) and Nationals -1.5 runs (+160).

The Nationals are 69-70 straight up (SU) and 63-75 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 25.3 units for moneyline bettors and 15.5 units (ATS). Washington has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. On the other hand, the Cardinals are 77-62 SU and have gone 73-65 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 3.1 units for moneyline bettors and 7.6 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Nationals games have an over/under record of 61-74-3 in 2018. The Cardinals have also been a decent under bet with a total record of 63-69-6.

The right-handed Miles Mikolas will get the nod for St. Louis. Mikolas is 13-4 with a 2.96 ERA and 117 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with four strikeouts and a 5.14 ERA against Washington this year.

The Nationals are putting the ball in the hands of righty Tanner Roark (8-14, 4.03 ERA), who has 137 punchouts and 48 walks, as well as a 1.23 WHIP. Roark is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in one start against St. Louis this year.

St. Louis’ pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.32 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8.08 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.27, along with a K/9 of 8.08.

The Cardinals offense has slashed .250/.324/.413 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

First baseman Jose Martinez and left fielder Marcell Ozuna have paced St. Louis’ offense. Martinez is slashing .305/.366/.464 with 16 home runs, 77 RBIs and 52 runs scored, while Ozuna has a .272 average with 18 homers, 71 RBIs and 55 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Washington’s pitching staff has allowed 4.2 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starters have a 4.01 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.97 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8.6 K/9.

Washington’s offense is putting up 4.6 runs per contest, including 5.3 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .253/.368/.376 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon have led the Nationals’ hitters this year. Turner is hitting .272/.341/.415 with 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, 86 runs and 35 stolen bases, while Rendon’s line is .292/.356/.498 with 18 homers, 67 RBIs and 67 runs.

The Cardinals have lost 4.3 units and are 51-48 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 40 of those games, compared to 54 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Nationals have lost 6.7 units and are 49-52 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 44 of those games, compared to 55 that went under.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in only two of St. Louis’ last seven contests.
  • St. Louis has recorded 21.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 22.0 over its last five.
  • The Cardinals have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.