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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals - 8/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (60-61) at St. Louis Cardinals (66-55)
Date & Time Thursday August 16, 2018, 7:15 PM (EDT)
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The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -137 / Washington Nationals +127 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Washington Nationals (60-61) at St. Louis Cardinals (66-55)
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals meet Thursday in MLB action at Busch Stadium. 

The Washington Nationals could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Nationals have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Washington Nationals have lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 131 hits and 49 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 206 hits and 132 RBI. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he is 7-12 with a 4.12 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. Roark is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals look to keep the ball rolling while building on their eight-game winning streak. The Cardinals have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 straight games when scoring more than one run. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 126 hits and 64 RBI while Jose Martinez and Matt Carpenter have combined for 236 hits and 137 RBI. Jack Flaherty gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 3.22 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. This will be Flaherty’s first career game against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games, 2-5 in Roarks last 7 road starts and 4-0 in Roarks last 4 starts. The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League East, 5-1 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series and 3-7 in Flahertys last 10 starts. The Nationals are 16-36 in the last 52 meetings in St. Louis, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings.

I mentioned Sunday night that the Nationals loss to the Cubs could have been the end of their season, as the way they lost could have a ripple effect. Well, the Nats have lost five of their last six and have been getting crushed in this series. It's not good to be backing the Nationals right now. The St. Louis Cardinals are possibly the hottest team in baseball right now and all of a sudden see the wild card a realistic possiblity. I see no way I can put my money on Washington right now, and there's no reason to fade these Cards.

St. Louis Cardinals -137

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