MLB Total Predictions Today: Cardinals vs Nationals (7/8)

MLB Total Predictions Today: Cardinals vs Nationals (7/8)

MLB Total Predictions Today: St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals (7/8)

Game Summary

Today's matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals promises to be an intriguing contest at Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia. The Cardinals, currently holding a 42-48 record, are looking to bounce back after a tough loss, while the Nationals, standing at 47-42, aim to continue their solid form at home with a 24-18 home record. Both teams have shown flashes of brilliance throughout the season, but consistency has been a challenge, especially on the road for the Cardinals who are 22-25 away from home.

The Nationals have been slightly better offensively, ranked 15th in hits and 17th in batting average with a .242 average. However, they struggle to convert these hits into runs, ranking 25th in runs scored. On the other hand, the Cardinals, ranking 16th in runs and 19th in hits, have a slightly lower batting average at .238. This game will be a battle of which team can capitalize on their offensive opportunities.

Key players for the Cardinals include CJ Abrams, who leads the team with a .282 batting average, 14 home runs, and 46 RBIs. The Nationals' offense is spearheaded by Masyn Winn, batting .294, and Nolan Gorman, who has hit 17 home runs and driven in 45 runs. On the mound, Mitchell Parker (5-4, 3.61 ERA) will start for the Cardinals against Miles Mikolas (6-7, 5.19 ERA) for the Nationals. The pitching matchup could be the decisive factor in who comes out on top in this game.

Odds and Betting Lines

Market Odds
Over 9.0 -120
Under 9.0 -102

Pitching Probables

Pitcher W-L ERA Strikeouts
Mitchell Parker (STL) 5-4 3.61 68
Miles Mikolas (WAS) 6-7 5.19 72

Team Previews

St. Louis Cardinals

Hitting: The Cardinals rank 19th in hits and batting average (.238), and 16th in runs scored. CJ Abrams is a standout performer, leading the team in average (.282), home runs (14), and RBIs (46).

Relief Pitching: With 24 saves, the Cardinals' bullpen has been reliable, ranking tied for 11th in the league.

Fielding: The Cardinals have committed 46 errors, ranking tied for 15th in the league.

Starting Pitchers: Mitchell Parker has been solid with a 5-4 record and a 3.61 ERA, striking out 68 batters in 84.2 innings.

Washington Nationals

Hitting: The Nationals have a higher batting average (.242) and hits (720) but struggle to score, ranking 25th in runs. Masyn Winn leads with a .294 average, and Nolan Gorman contributes with 17 home runs and 45 RBIs.

Relief Pitching: The Nationals' bullpen has been effective with 34 saves, ranking 1st in the league.

Fielding: Similar to the Cardinals, the Nationals have committed 46 errors, tied for 15th in the league.

Starting Pitchers: Miles Mikolas has had a challenging season with a 6-7 record and a 5.19 ERA, striking out 72 in 100.2 innings.

Team Injuries

St. Louis Cardinals

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Lars Nootbaar RF Oblique Expected to be out until at least Jul 8

Washington Nationals

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Trevor Williams SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 27

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone over in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games.
  • St. Louis is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games on the road.
  • The total has gone under in 4 of Washington's last 6 games at home.
  • Washington is 4-2 against the spread in their last 6 games.

Recent Games

St. Louis Cardinals

Opponent Score W/L
@ Pittsburgh W 7-4 W
@ Pittsburgh L 5-4 (10) L
@ Pittsburgh W 3-2 (10) W
@ Washington W 7-6 (11) W
@ Washington L 14-6 L

Washington Nationals

Opponent Score W/L
@ Pittsburgh L 8-2 L
@ Pittsburgh W 7-6 W
@ Pittsburgh L 6-5 L
@ San Francisco W 8-1 W
@ San Francisco W 5-3 W

Team Rankings

Category St. Louis Cardinals Washington Nationals
Hitting 19th 15th
Starting Pitching 15th 14th
Relief Pitching 11th 1st
Fielding 15th 15th

Significant Betting Stats

  • St. Louis is 6-3 in their last 9 games.
  • The total has gone over in 7 of St. Louis' last 10 games on the road.
  • Washington is 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
  • The total has gone over in 6 of Washington's last 8 games against St. Louis.
  • St. Louis is 4-1 in their last 5 games against Washington.
  • Washington is 3-6 against the spread in their last 9 games at home.
  • The total has gone under in 4 of St. Louis' last 6 games played in July.
  • Washington is 8-3 in their last 11 games played on a Monday.
  • The total has gone over in 5 of Washington's last 7 games.
  • St. Louis has a 7-2 record in their last 9 games when playing as the favorite.

Weather

The weather forecast for today's game at Nationals Park indicates intermittent clouds with a high temperature of 90°F. For more details, you can click here.

Prediction

Pick: Over 9.0 runs

Given the pitching struggles of Miles Mikolas and the offensive potential of both teams, this game is likely to see a fair amount of runs scored. The Nationals have been effective at home, and the Cardinals have been scoring well on the road recently. Additionally, both teams have seen the total go over in a significant number of their recent games. Therefore, the smart bet would be to pick the over 9.0 runs for this matchup.

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