St. Louis Cardinals (8-3) at Washington Nationals (6-7)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 22, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals -129 / St. Louis Cardinals +119 --- Over/Under: 7
FSN-MW, MASN, ESPN
The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals play game two of their series Wednesday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Cardinals pitching staff continues to light it up by allowing two or less runs in six straight games. The Cards have won 10 of their last 13 regular season games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Carpenter leads the Cards with 19 hits and 10 RBI while Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta have combined for 14 RBI. Three of the St. Louis Cardinals four losses this season have come on the road. John Lackey takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Lackey is 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals are also on a roll with wins in five of their last six games. The Nationals have allowed two runs in their last two games and three or less runs in four of their last five games. The Nats are 6-2 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond leads Washington with 17 hits and five RBI while Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper have combined for 19 RBI. Five of the Washington Nationals seven victories this year have come at home. Doug Fister gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Fister’s second career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 3-8 in their last 11 games as a road underdog and 0-5 in Lackeys last 5 road starts. The Nationals are 23-11 in their last 34 home games and 10-2 in Fisters last 12 home starts. The Cardinals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Washington and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings overall.
Fister hasn't won a road game in quite some time. Meanwhile, Fister has been automatic at home dating back to last season. The Nats at home are the smart pick.