St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/15/14
Washington Nationals (35-31) at St. Louis Cardinals (35-32)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Doug Fister (R) (5-1) (2.680) vs. Jamie Garcia (L) (2-0) (4.263)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -118 / Washington Nationals +108 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
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The St. Louis Cardinals look to sweep the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon.
The Nationals have lost three games in a row, putting a little damper on their hot 8-5 start to the month of June. During this stretch, the Nationals offense has been blistering cold, scoring one or less runs in three straight games. Consistent offense has been an issue for the Nationals all season, as they have a batting average of .248. Jayson Werth, however, has 12 hits in his last nine games. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.98. Starting is Doug Fister, who is 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA and has 31 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. This will be Fister’s first career game against the Cardinals.
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The Cardinals have won five of their last six games and have improved to four games above a .500 record. As it’s been all season, the Cardinals pitching staff has been dominant, allowing three or less runs in eight of their last nine games. On the season, the Cardinals ERA is a solid 3.28. Offensively, Matt Carpenter has seven RBI in his last nine games and Matt Adams has homered in the first two games of this series. Jaime Garcia takes the hill, and he’s 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. Garcia is 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 6-0 in Fister's last 6 starts and 4-0 in Fister's last 4 starts with 4 days of rest. The Cardinals are 3-7 in Garcia's last 10 starts as a favorite and 4-1 in Garcia's last 5 starts with 6 days of rest. The Nationals are 2-10 in the last 12 meetings.
The Nationals have shown no reason to back them when playing against the Cardinals, while the Cards pitching has been absoltuely lights out. I'll keep riding the home team for the cheap price.