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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals - 8/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (66-63) at St. Louis Cardinals (84-46)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

G Gonzalez (9-7) (4.11) vs. J Lackey (11-8) (2.92)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -140 / Washington Nationals +130 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Midwest, MASN2

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals face off on Monday in game one of heir MLB series.

The St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in baseball and lead the National League Central. The Cardinals are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 46-19 at home, and they lead the Pirates by 4.5 games in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .254 with Jason Heyward hitting .291, Yadier Molina hitting .282, and Jhonny Peralta hitting .276. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.63 with the starters at 2.77 and the bullpen at 2.32. For game one against the Nationals the Cardinals start John Lackey who has allowed 167 hits and 56 earned run striking out 127 over 172.2 innings for an 11-8 record and a 2.92 ERA.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals - 8/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals are on the outside looking in at the post-season as they try and make a push for the National league Wildcard or the National League East. The Nationals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 29-37 on the road, and they are 5.5 games behind he Mets in the NL East standings and 7.5 games out in the Wildcard. As a team the Nationals are hitting .249 with Bryce Harper hitting .331, Yunel Escobar hitting .308, and Michael Taylor hitting .243. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.73 with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 3.49. For game one against the Cardinals the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who has allowed 150 hits and 62 earned runs while striking out 123 over 135.2 innings for a 9-7 record and a 4.11 ERA.

The Cardinals are 6-1 in their last seven games, 9-3 against the NL East, and 9-0 in Lackey’s last nine home starts against a team with a winning record. Washington is 5-1 against a right-handed starter, 2-7 in their last nine road games, and 1-5 in Gonzalez’s last six starts. Washington is 7-19 in their last 26 games against St. Louis.

The total in this one is set at 7 and I like the over with my free pick. My stronger pick is on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App. 

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Over 7

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