Cardinals vs. Nationals - 4/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (14-7) at St. Louis Cardinals (12-10)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
S Strasburg (3-0) (2.17) vs. M Leake (0-2) (5.64)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +100 / Washington Nationals -110 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series Friday night at Busch Stadium.
The Washington Nationals look for some consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Nationals scored just three runs in their series against the Phillies and have been held to three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Washington Nationals are 5-6 this season when scoring three or less runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 27 hits, Bryce Harper has 24 RBI and Jayson Werth has three home runs. Stephen Strasburg gets the nod, and he’s 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 0-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look for some consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Cardinals have relied on their offense as of late as St. Louis has produced seven or more runs in five of their last six games. The St. Louis Cardinals are a tough out when scoring more than three runs, as they’re 12-4 this season when that’s the case. Aledmys Diaz leads St. Louis with 29 hits, Stephen Piscotty has 15 RBI and Jeremy Hazelbaker has five home runs. Mike Leake takes the hill, and he’s 0-2 with a 5.64 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Leake is 3-3 with a 4.78 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 9-4 in their last 13 road games and 16-5 in Strasburgs last 21 starts. The Cardinals are 86-38 in their last 124 home games and 3-8 in their last 11 Friday games. The Nationals are 13-40 in the last 53 meetings in St. Louis and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings overall.
The Cardinals continue to have trouble offensively and are coming off getting swept by the Phillies of all teams. The Cardinals continue to score runs by the boatload and Leake is a decent pitcher who is due for a solid outing. I like the Cards at home for the even money.