Odds, Predictions and Picks
- The Cardinals are 53-46 against the run line so far this season.
- The Nationals are 42-58 against the run line so far this year.
- The Nationals are 18-33 against the run line at their home field.
- The Cardinals are 27-23 against the run line when playing on the road.
- St. Louis is 26-24 against the run line as a favorite.
- Washington is 38-46 against the run line as an underdog.
The St. Louis Cardinals (52-47) and Washington Nationals (34-66) prepare to face off in DC.
St. Louis comes off a series split in a two game series in Toronto. Considering Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt weren’t able to travel with the team due to Covid vaccine restrictions, a series split is very impressive.
Washington took two of three from the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Their series win in LA obviously comes as a shock. However, they could be riding high on momentum heading into this series.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST on Friday, July 29th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.
St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Odds
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The Cardinals are the road favorites heading into this game. But as aforementioned, Washington likely has extra confidence after defeating the Dodgers in a three game series.
As it stands, the Cardinals are heavy favorites in this contest. The Cardinals are listed at -177 on the moneyline, while the Nats are listed at +163.
Meanwhile, the over/under is placed at nine. I could see this going either way.
The Cardinals will send RHP Miles Mikolas (7-8, 2.87) to the mound. Mikolas was an All-Star this season and has been an important part of the pitching stuff. He should be able to pitch well against the Nationals.
Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 6.30) is the probable starter for Washington. Sanchez has been limited in 2022, and has labored when on the mound. But the right-hander has plenty of big league experience and could turn in a decent start for Washington.
In the end, I would roll with the under in this one. Expect something along the lines of a 5-2 or 6-2 game.
But which team will come out on top? Can the Cardinals take care of business, or will the Nationals upset the odds.
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St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Betting Preview
St. Louis Cardinals Preview
The Cardinals don’t exactly enter this series playing their best baseball. They have lost three out of their games overall. Two of those losses came against the lowly Cincinnati Reds.
But they are fresh off of an impressive all-around 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. Taking care of business without their two best players in Arenado and Goldschmidt was impressive. But they are certainly happy to get their star-studded duo back ahead of this series.
The Cardinals enter this Friday night baseball game with an 11th overall ranking team ERA. Despite Jack Flaherty’s injury, St. Louis has still pitched the ball well overall. A big reason for that is Miles Mikolas who is toeing the rubber in this game.
St. Louis also ranks 16th in WHIP and ninth in home runs allowed.
Offensively, the Cardinals have been paced by Goldschmidt and Arenado. The team ranks seventh in batting average, seventh in OBP, 11th in slugging percentage, 10th in runs scored, and 14th in home runs. This offense isn’t elite, but it is capable of producing enough run support to consistently win games.
And they should be able to score runs against Anibal Sanchez in DC.
Washington Nationals Preview
The Nationals enter this contest fresh off of a 7-1 loss in LA. However, they won the series 2-1.
But Washington’s pitching has let them down all season. They rank 29th in ERA, 30th in WHIP, and 30th in home runs allowed. Anibal Sanchez will try to overcome those rankins, but it will be difficult.
The Nats’ offense has been better. They are 11th in batting average, 12th in OBP, 26th in slugging, 26th in runs, and 29th in home runs. So they don’t offer much pop, but they do put the ball in play and get on base.
Nonetheless, this is a ball club facing an uphill battle to say the least.
For the Cardinals, Harrison Bader is on the 10-day IL with foot plantar fasciitis. St. Louis is hopeful the Gold Glove outfielder can return sooner than later.
Juan Yepez is also on the 10-day IL with a forearm strain. Yadier Molina remains on the 10-day as well.
Steven Matz, Drew VerHagen, and Dakota Hudson are all on the 15-day IL. Jack Flaherty and Alex Reyes are on the 60-day IL.
St. Louis is hopeful that Flaherty can return for the stretch run. He will be a vital piece to the puzzle down the stretch.
For the Nationals, 10 different pitchers are dealing with injuries.
Tyler Clippard and Tanner Rainey are key bullpen pieces on the injured list. Clippard is on the 15-day IL and Rainey is the 60-day IL.
Stephen Strasburg recently went back on the injured list. Strasburg can’t seem to catch a break and once again dealing with ailment.
Joe Ross is dealing with right elbow surgery. Sean Doolittle and Will Harris are both on the injured list as well.
There is no denying that the Nats have been hampered by injuries this season. Sure, they would have struggled this year regardless. But the injuries have been a constant annoyance for the ball club.
St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Picks and Predictions
The St. Louis Cardinals and Miles Mikolas should have no problem getting the job done. St. Louis will get Arenado and Goldschmidt back well-rested and the offense should pick up Mikolas.
Meanwhile, Mikolas will likely roll right through this Nationals lineup. Some people may be tempted to take the Nats as an underdog pick after their Dodgers upset. But I wouldn’t start placing my money on Washington.
Anibal Sanchez has labored in limited action as well for the Nats. All signs point to a successful affair for the Cardinals.
Expect a fairly low-scoring ball game with the Cardinals running away with it late.
Roll with the St. Louis Cardinals -1.5 in this Friday night ball game.