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2019 MLB Season
(82-66) Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals (83-66)
Date: Monday September 16, 2019
Time: 7:45 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg / St. Louis: Dakota Hudson
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nationals -147 | Cardinals +125
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8
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As less than two regular season weeks remain, Washington holds a slim lead over Chicago and Milwaukee for the top NL Wildcard. Tonight, the Nationals battle fellow postseason contender St. Louis.
With eleven of their final fourteen games opposite winning clubs working playoff angles, Washington doesn’t have room for error tonight. The Nationals are 1-3 this year vs. the NL Central leading Cardinals: that series, played in late-April & early-May, featured pitching duels.
Recently, Washington is 4-7 during a pivotal stretch against quality teams. And though Atlanta has wrapped the NL East, the Nationals rode Anibal Sanchez and Howie Kendrick (three RBI’s) to a 7-0 Sunday night win over the Braves.
National League win leader Stephen Strasburg (17-6, 3.49 ERA) will exhaust all avenues to keep alive Washington’s brief momentum. The Cy Young candidate owns the National’s sole 2019 win vs. St. Louis, tossing one run through six innings that early-May evening.
Strasburg is 9-2 in his last eleven decisions and Washington is 19-11 this season when he appears.
St. Louis Cardinals
In a second half run defined by towering highs and offsetting lows, St. Louis leads the NL Central by two games over Chicago. However, the Cardinals have lost four-of-six, and recently posted a 1-2 record vs. playoff contender Milwaukee.
With Sunday night’s game, and weekend series, in hand for St. Louis, the Cards made a crucial ninth-inning error by allowing a grand slam from Ryan Braun. Braun’s epic moment downed St. Louis 7-6 at a time when losses and errors are magnified.
Now, going against an equally determined Washington group sporting the NL’s wins leader, the Cardinals must find redemption or watch their division lead fade further.
NL Rookie of the Year front runner Dakota Hudson (15-7, 3.38 ERA) chases clutch success tonight in a career-defining moment.
Today signifies Hudson’s first 2019 look at Washington’s lineup, and that could be a huge advantage or disadvantage. One known quantity, however, is Hudson’s five-game win streak ended September 11 vs. Colorado. That afternoon, Hudson allowed just two runs through six innings, but issued five walks to aid the Rockies’ 3-2 win.
Hudson will no doubt be dialed in tonight vs. Washington to highlight a contest filled with playoff storylines.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-3 in WAS last 10 overall.
- Under is 7-3 in WAS last 10 on grass.
- WAS are 41-14 in Strasburgs last 55 road starts.
- Under is 7-2 in STL last 9 Mon. games.
- STL are 23-9 in their last 32 home games.
- STL are 25-11 in their last 36 overall.
Free Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
As stated throughout, both clubs need today’s win. Though, obviously only one team can claim victory. In a contest this meaningful and evenly matched, the victor will likely be the side which avoids that lone costly error -like the recent grand slam allowed by St. Louis.
And while Hudson verges on rookie phenom status, he’s still a young pitcher toeing the hill vs. an All Star veteran.
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That stated, look for Strasburg, and MLB’s no. six offense (5.34 runs per game) to edge St. Louis and add to the Cardinals’ recent misfortune.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Washington Nationals 4 – St. Louis Cardinals 3
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