Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 4/17/14
St. Louis Cardinals (9-5) at Washington Nationals (8-6)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Adam Wainwright (R) (2-1) (2.571) vs. Taylor Jordan (R) (0-1) (4.766)
The Line: Washington Nationals +132 / St. Louis Cardinals -142 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB N, FSN-MW, MASN
The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals will begin a four-game series on Thursday night.
The Cardinals have won four of their last five games and head into this matchup with a 9-6 record. The Cardinals offense is really playing well, including Matt Adams and Yadier Molina, who have combined for 40 hits this season. The Cardinals pitching staff has allowed four or fewer runs in four of their last five games. Of course, one of the Cardinals most consistent pitchers is Adam Wainwright, who is 2-1 on the season with a 2.57 ERA, and he has 24 strikeouts in 21 innings of work. Wainwright has started 10 career games against the Nationals, and he’s 6-3 with an ERA of 3.17.
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The Nationals just took two of three from the Miami Marlins and are 9-6 on the season overall. Washington’s offense woke up in that series, scoring 17 runs in three games, and Anthony Rendon had four hits and three RBI. Pitching wise the Nationals also got back on track, allowing three or fewer runs in two of the three games. One pitcher who could use a boost is Taylor Jordan, who is 0-1 on the season with a 4.76 ERA. Jordan has allowed six runs in 11.1 innings and has walked four batters. This will be Jordan’s first time pitching against the Cardinals in his young career.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in Wainwright's last 5 starts during game 1 of a series and 36-16 in Wainwright's last 52 starts as a favorite. The Nationals are 4-1 in Jordan's last 5 home starts and 1-5 in Jordan's last 6 starts as an underdog. The Cardinals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Washington and 4-1 in Wainwright's last 5 starts vs. Nationals.
The Nationals have been a little up and down lately and probably should have lost the series to the Marlins if Miami was capable of holding a lead. With that said, I'll take one of the best pitchers in baseball in Wainwright for the fairly decent price.