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Cardinals at Nationals - 4/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (8-3) at Washington Nationals (6-7)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

L Lynn (1-1) (1.64) vs. G Gonzalez (1-1) (5.11)

The Line: Washington Nationals -116 / St. Louis Cardinals +106 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-MW, MASN, MLB Network

The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Tuesday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Cardinals pitching staff has led the charge during this stretch, allowing two or less runs in five straight games. The Cardinals have won 12 of their last 15 regular season games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Carpenter leads St. Louis with 18 hits and 10 RBI while Jhonny Peralta and Yadier Molina have combined for 14 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have quickly shown the rest of the league that they’re once again a legit contender with their pitching. Lance Lynn gets the nod, and he’s 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Lynn is 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Cardinals at Nationals - 4/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals also look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Nats are getting it done with the bats, as they’ve produced four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Nationals are 5-2 when scoring four or more runs. Ian Desmond leads Washington with 16 hits and five RBI while Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman have combined for 19 RBI. The Washington Nationals are a subpar 4-3 on their home field but could really make a statement with a series win here. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 11-3 in their last 14 games vs. a left-handed starter and 2-6 in Lynns last 8 starts. The Nationals are 23-11 in their last 34 home games and 4-0 in Gonzalezs last 4 home starts. The Cardinals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Washington and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings overall.

Gonzalez has been money when he pitches in Washington and has had decent success when playing against the Cards. In pretty much a toss up game, I like the home team here to strike first blood. 

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Washington Nationals -116

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