St Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 5 (9/5): MLB

St Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 5 (9/5): MLB

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Odds

Time 4:15 p.m. EST
Nationals money line +205
Nationals run line +1.5 (+100)
Cardinals money line -250
Cardinals run line -1.5 (-120)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Washington Nationals St Louis Cardinals
Record 47-87 79-55
Road / home record 25-40 45-22
Last 10 record 6-4 8-2
Streak L1 W2
Over / under record 65-62-7 64-65-5
Runs / game 3.76 4.96
Runs allowed / game 5.37 3.97

 

Preview

The Washington Nationals and the St Louis Cardinals will meet again to play a 4-game series at the Busch Stadium. The Cardinals swept the Chicago Cubs in the weekend series and the Nationals beat the Mets 2 of 3 times. The last time these teams met the Cardinals won the series 2-1 in Washington.

 

Washington Nationals

The Nationals get here with a 47-87 record and have won 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.76 runs per game. They're batting for .248 AVG, 509 runs scored in 1119 hits and 114 home runs, ranking #26 in offense in the league, behind the LA Angels. Joey Meneses has a batting average of .327, 7 home runs and 15 RBI in only 28 games played.

Defensively they are allowing 5.37 runs per game and ranking #29, the second worst in the league. Josiah Gray leads the team with a 4.91 ERA, 142 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded for the Nationals.

Probable Pitcher:  Anibal Sanchez (1-5, 5.05 ERA)

Sanchez will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Nationals. Sanchez picked up the win in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over the A's, allowing one run on three hits and three walks over seven innings. He struck out four. He is 2-5 with an ERA of 4.07 and 52 strikeouts in 9 appearances versus the Cardinals in his career.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals get here with a 79-55 record and have won 7 of their last 8 games. The team is averaging 4.96 runs and and they're batting for .258 AVG, have 662 runs scored in 1178 hits and 170 home runs, ranking #2 in offense in the league behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with 34 home runs and batting for .335 AVG with 107 RBI so far.

Defensively they are allowing 3.97 runs per game and rank #8 in the league. Adam Wainwright leads the pitching staff with a 3.21 ERA, 132 strikeouts and 10 wins recorded with the Cards.

Probable Pitcher:  Jack Flaherty (0-0, 5.63 ERA)

Flaherty will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Cardinals. Flaherty looked like he had a shot to return last week, but the Cardinals elected to have him work one more rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Memphis, in which he struck out nine while allowing three runs in 6.2 innings. He has a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 2.25 and 16 strikeouts in 3 appearances versus the Nationals in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Washington are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.

Washington are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games against St. Louis.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games on the road.

St. Louis are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing at home against Washington.

 

Prediction

The Nationals have been playing great baseball and just upset the Mets in the weekend series. For this game they'll Anibal Sanchez to the mound who has been solid lately allowing 1 run or less in each of his last 3 starts and but was pounded by the Cardinals earlier this season. Jack Flaherty will start for the Cardinals who hasn't pitched in the majors since June 26 and has only 3 starts this season due to injury so it's uncertain how he will be and with the Nationals offense hot I think the best play is the over. 

PICK: Over 8.5 (-110)

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