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Nationals vs. Cardinals - 5/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (24-24) at Washington Nationals (29-19)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

J Garcia (3-4) (3.59) vs. M Scherzer (5-3) (3.80)

The Line: Washington Nationals -156 / St. Louis Cardinals +146 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW/MASN

The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals play game two of their series Friday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and seven or more runs in five of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 4.27 and have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 60 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 25 RBI and Matt Carpenter has nine home runs. Jaime Garcia gets the nod, and he’s 3-4 with a 3.59 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Cardinals - 5/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Nationals have allowed seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Nationals have an ERA of 2.86 and have won eight of their last 11 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 69 hits, Ryan Zimmerman has 21 RBI and Bryce Harper has 12 home runs. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 0-5 in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 in Garcias last 7 starts. The Nationals are 11-5 in their last 16 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in Scherzers last 5 Friday starts. The Cardinals are 8-4 in the last 12 meetings in Washington. 

The Cardinals are ice cold right now and are allowing a boatload of runs as of late. Add in the Nats current form and Scherzer on the mound, and you have to like Washington at home to get the victory. 

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Washington Nationals -156

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