Nationals vs. Cardinals - 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 -120 / St. Louis Cardinals +110 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, MASN
The Washington nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals face off on Tuesday at Nationals Park for game one of heir MLB series.
The Washington Nationals have been a little disappointing early on in the 2015 Major League Baseball season sitting a game below .500. The Nationals are 4-3 a home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they in third place, four games back in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .226 with Ian Desmond hitting .314, Yunel Escobar hitting .286, and Michael Taylor hitting .271. As a team the Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.27 with the starters at 3.28 and the bullpen at 2.27. For game one against the Cardinals the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who has allowed 11 hits and six earned runs while striking out 10 over 12.1 innings for a 1-1 record and a 5.11 ERA.
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The St. Louis Cardinals are rolling and are in first place in the NL Central. The Cardinals have won their last five games, are 3-2 on the road, and they have a two game lead over the Chicago Cubs. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .253 with Matt Carpenter hitting .400, Matt Holliday hitting .361, and Johnny Peralta hitting .302. As a team the Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 1.91 with the starters at 1.92 and the bullpen at 1.88. For game one of the series the Cardinals start Lance Lynn who has allowed eight hits and two runs while striking out 13 over 11 innings for a 1-1 record and a 1.64 ERA.
Washington is 4-1 in their last five games, 23-11 in their last 34 home games, and 4-0 in Gonzalez’s last four home starts. St. Louis is 3-8 as a road underdog, 10-3 in game one of a series, and 0-4 in Lynn’s last four road starts. St. Louis is 16-5 in their last 21 games against Washington.
I like the Nationals here but I can’t make them a Premium Pick as they just haven’t proved that they are all they are billed to be and beating the Cards is a pretty tough order these days.