Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

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The St. Louis Cardinals will play host to the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium. Fox Sports Midwest is in line to televise this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 7:45 p.m. ET.

Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Vegas has listed St. Louis (+125) as the underdog to Washington (-135). The total stands at eight runs and bettors can take the over for -120 and the under for +100. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds sitting at +110 for the Nationals -1.5 runs and -130 for the Cardinals +1.5.

The Nationals have gone 82-66 SU this year and are 81-66 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 3.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline, despite having gained 10.6 units ATS. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 83-66 SU and 78-70 ATS. The team’s gained 4.0 units for moneyline bettors and 5.8 units ATS.

St. Louis games have an over/under record of 59-78-11 in 2019. The Nationals have an over/under record of 70-70-7.

The right-handed Stephen Strasburg is projected to start for Washington. Strasburg (17-6, 3.49 ERA) has racked up 229 punchouts in 190 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with nine strikeouts and a 1.35 ERA against St. Louis this year.

The Cardinals will put the ball in the right hand of Dakota Hudson (15-7, 3.38 ERA), who has 123 strikeouts and 75 walks this season as well as a 1.41 WHIP. Hudson is 0-1 with seven strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against Washington this year.

St. Louis’ pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The team’s starters have a 3.85 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.9 K/9.

St. Louis’ offense is putting up 4.7 runs per contest, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 5.8 per game over its last five. The team has hit .228/.332/.506 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Cardinals’ batters have been led by Paul Goldschmidt, who is hitting .259/.342/.471 with 31 home runs, 89 RBIs and 87 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Washington’s pitching staff allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 3.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.58 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.91, along with a K/9 of 9.05.

The Nationals offense has slashed .263/.342/.454 on its way to 5.3 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Anthony Rendon has led Washington’s offense and is hitting .332/.416/.625 with 33 home runs, 118 RBIs and 112 runs scored.

The Nationals just got a 7-0 victory over the Braves, while the Cardinals are coming off of a 7-6 loss against the Brewers.

Nationals vs. Cardinals MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Washington has recorded 19 extra-base hits over its last five outings. St. Louis has 21 XBH over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 17 over their last 10.
  • The Nationals have a total OPS of .796 this season and an OPS of .783 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS stands at .737 overall and .735 against righties.
  • Washington has recorded 20 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22 over its last five.