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Nationals vs. Cardinals - 4/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (8-4) at Washington Nationals (7-7)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

M Wacha (2-0) (1.35) vs. M Scherzer (1-1) (0.83)

The Line: Washington Nationals -151 / St. Louis Cardinals +141 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-MW, MASN, MLB Network

The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals play a rubber game Thursday afternoon.

The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Cardinals pitching staff has led the way, allowing two or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Cards have won eight of their last 10 regular season games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Carpenter leads St. Louis with 20 hits and 11 RBI while Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta have combined for 14 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have really impressed over the last week and look like a true contender at the moment. Michael Wacha gets the nod, and he’s 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Wacha is 1-1 with a 0.57 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Cardinals - 4/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last four games. The Nationals pitching staff has allowed two or less runs in four of their last six games. The Nats have won 10 of their last 12 regular season games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond leads Washington with 18 hits and five RBI while Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper have combined for 20 RBI. Five of the Washington Nationals seven victories this season have come on their home field. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 0.83 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 49-21 in their last 70 during game 3 of a series and 4-0 in Wachas last 4 starts. The Nationals are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 39-18 in their last 57 games as a favorite. The Cardinals are 12-3 in the last 15 meetings. 

We have two great pitchers on the mound, but the Cards are playing much better ball as of late. In more of a toss up game, I'll take the squad that's getting the sweet plus money. Besides, hard to bet against St. Louis right now. 

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St. Louis Cardinals +141

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