Washington Nationals (60-58) at St. Louis Cardinals (63-55)
|Date & Time||Monday August 13, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -146 / Washington Nationals +136 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals meet Monday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.
The Washington Nationals look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Washington Nationals have won 10 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 129 hits and 49 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 198 hits and 129 RBI. Tommy Milone gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 5.50 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Milone is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to keep the ball rolling after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Cardinals have scored 23 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven straight games when scoring more than one run. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 122 hits and 62 RBI while Matt Carpenter and Jose Martinez have combined for 228 hits and 134 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 12-3 with a 2.74 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. This will be Mikolas’ second career game against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series, 4-0 in Milones last 4 road starts and 7-1 in Milones last 8 starts. The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 home games, 7-3 in Mikolas' last 10 home starts and 6-1 in Mikolas' last 7 starts. The Nationals are 8-23 in the last 31 meetings in St. Louis and the over is 9-3-4 in the last 16 meetings.
If there was any chance of the Washington Nationals getting back in the playoff race, it was probably blown Sunday night when giving up a walkoff grand slam after a gem from their ace. That's the type of loss that can leak into remaining games, especially this one given the travel and quick turnaround. The St. Louis Cardinals are playing some of their hottest baseball right now and throw out a pitcher in Mikolas who has been rock solid all year long. At home this season, Mikolas has an ERA of 2.01. I'll back the Cards, as the Nats can't be feeling too good right now.