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Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 5/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Thursday May 2, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals -161 / St. Louis Cardinals +140 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
FS-Midwest, MASN
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals meet in the finale of their four game set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Thursday.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to complete the sweep of the Nationals after taking game three on Wednesday by a final score of 5-1. Jose Martinez went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs while Marcell Ozuna went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Harrison Bader added an RBI and a double of his own to round out St. Louis’ scoring in the win. Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 5 while Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong each had a base hit as well to cap off the Cardinals’ offense in the win. Miles Mikolas got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year after allowing one run on seven hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Dakota Hudson will start game four and is 2-1 with a 5.62 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Hudson’s first career start against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after their loss on Wednesday. Yan Gomes had a double and Washington’s lone RBI in the loss while Howie Kendrick went 3 for 4 at the dish and Victor Robles had two hits as well in the defeat. Wilmer Difo, Brian Dozier and Adrian Sanchez all had base hits as well in the losing effort for the Nats. Max Scherzer took the loss, falling to 1-4 after allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Stephen Strasburg will start game four and is 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. In his career, Strasburg is 2-2 with a 2.56 ERA and 43 strikeouts against St. Louis.

St. Louis is 17-5 in their last 22 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 games against the NL East while the over is 13-6-1 in their last 20 road games. Washington is 1-4 in Strasburg’s last 5 home starts and 1-6 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 35-17-2 in their last 54 home games. St. Louis is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Washington.

Washington being favored at home with Strasburg on the mound makes sense as Hudson hasn’t been overly great this season. However, the Cardinals keep winning baseball games, and Hudson has allowed three runs in each of his last two starts which St. Louis has won. Getting plus money with a team that’s won five straight and 10 of 11 is too good to pass up, especially with how inconsistent the Nationals have been, so I’ll take St. Louis and the plus money in this one.

St. Louis +140

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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