Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals meet for game one of their possible post season preview as they meet on Thursday in Washington. The Nationals are -120 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Washington Nationals have been one of the best teams in baseball all season long and as August comes to a close they are in prime position. The Nationals are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 36-24 at home this season, and they have a five game lead in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .256 with Jayson Werth hitting .301, Michael Morse at .286, and Ian Desmond at .282. As a team the Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.29 with the starters at 3.29 and the bullpen at 3.29. For game one of this high profile series St. Louis starts Edwin Jackson who has lost his last two starts. For the season Jackson has allowed 131 hits and 62 earned runs while striking out 129 over 150 innings of work for a 3.72 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals are hanging on for a spot in the NL Wildcard as they have a game lead on the Pirates. The Cardinals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 31-33 on the road this season, and they are eight games back in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .277 with Yadier Molina hitting .325, Allen Craig hitting .313, and Matt Holliday hitting .306. As a team the Cardinals pitching staff had an ERA of 3.70 with the starters at 3.57and the bullpen at 3.99. For game one at Washington St. Louis starts Jaime Garcia who has lost his last three decisions. For the season Garcia has allowed 90 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 66 over 80.1 innings of work for a 4.15 ERA.
Washington is 7-2 in their last nine games as a favorite, 1-5 in their last six games overall, and 1-4 in Jackson’s last five home starts. St. Louis is 6-3 in their last nine games overall, 2-5 in their last seven games as a road underdog, and 0-4 in Garcia’s last four starts. St. Louis is 2-6 in the last eight meetings of these two.
The Nationals are back home and it’s another road game for the Cards where they simply aren’t usually at their best.
Washington Nationals -120 St. Louis Cardinals