Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/19/14
St. Louis Cardinals (10-7) at Washington Nationals (10-7)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Lance Lynn (R) (3-0) (4.000) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (R) (1-0) (5.267)
The Line: Washington Nationals -126 / St. Louis Cardinals +116 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals face the Washington Nationals in afternoon action from our nation’s capital at 1:05 PM on MASN.
The Cardinals are 10-7 on the season and put forth a fairly underwhelming effort in a 3-1 loss to the Nats on Friday night after a gem by Wainwright the night before. The Cardinals evened the game in the 4th inning before a Yadier Molina throwing error and wild pitch by Cardinals pitcher Wacha resulted in 2 runs for the Nats -- all they needed for the win. The Cards will send Lance Lynn to the mound -- Lynn is 3-0 on the year with an ERA just over 4 and 22 strikeouts. Matt Adams leads the Cardinals with a .355 average and 22 hits and Peralta leads the Cards with 4 home runs -- they will need to score more runs Saturday to bounce back with a win.
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The Nationals are 10-7 as well and got a much needed win tonight to even the weekend series at 1-1 with the Cardinals. The Nationals got the go ahead runs via error and ultimately they remain underwhelming offensively of late. The Nats had just 5 hits in this contest and have now scored 4 runs through two games in this series. Anthony Rendon leads the Nats with a .313 average, 3 homers and 13 RBI’s and Adam Laroche leads the team in OBP at .412. Jordan Zimmerman takes his 1-0 record to the mound -- Zimmerman will need to be in control and do all he can to keep the Cardinals’ batters at bay. Zimmerman has a fairly high ERA in comparison with this time last year, sitting at 5.27 through 3 starts.
The first two games of this series have been pretty quiet with a gem by Wainwright Thursday night in a quiet Nats park and the Nats lucking out with two unusual errors by the Cardinals late Friday. I like the Cards to bounce back and the Nats offensive struggles to continute. Both the Cards taking the win and the under are strong plays in what could very well be a 2-0, 3-1 type of contest.