Free MLB Pick: Nationals vs. Cardinals Odds
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2019 MLB Season – NLCS
Date: Friday October 12, 2019
Time: 4:08 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs. Adam Wainwright
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals -140 | Cardinals +133
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Nats -1.5 (+120) | Cardinals +1.5 (-135)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7
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This is being written before game one is in the books so a lot could change depending on which team is feeling more urgent.
On the mound there is a huge advantage for the Nationals but that is no guarantee. Could be a perfect spot for a first 5 play.
No matter the result of G1 the Nats know they are going to be in good shape because they can unleash their aces.
First up is going to be Max Scherzer. He is actually a St. Louis native and the most dangerous because he wants to work deep into ballgames. He is the rare ace who can be dominant and efficient.
Washington knows that the bullpen is not a strength so it will be in their best interest to let him go long if he is dealing. That is what I am expecting.
The Nats lineup is probably underrated because Anthony Rendon keeps a pretty low profile. I like them to be able to get to the veteran Adam Wainwright.
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis is going to be in trouble if they do not take the opener. They just don’t have the depth in the rotation or lineup in my opinion. They are gritty though.
Wainwright might be good or bad but he is not going to be shy in the moment. I am not a fan. His better days are behind him and he is unlikely to go deep into the ballgame.
The Cardinals are not the best homer hitting team in the playoffs but that has been an issue for Scherzer. Their best approach might be
St. Louis has what I would call a nice lineup. There are guys who can hurt you in Goldy, Ozuna and Paul de Jong but you still feel comfortable navigating their lineup of you have a guy like Scherzer.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- WAS are 36-16 in their last 52 overall.
- WAS are 36-16 in their last 52 games on grass.
- WAS are 14-3 in Scherzers last 17 starts.
- Over is 7-2 in STL last 9 overall.
- Over is 7-2 in STL last 9 on grass.
- Over is 10-3 in STL last 13 playoff games.
Free Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
It is not going to be a high value play but I am going with Scherzer and the Nationals in game 2.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Washington RL (-1.5)
There is always a better payoff with the runline but let’s keep it simple here. St. Louis just won’t string together enough hits to do real damage.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Washington 5 – St. Louis 1
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