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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals Prediction and Betting Odds. The 8-3 St. Louis Cardinals are set to take on the 6-7 St. Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. tonight April 21, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 7:05 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Cardinals +108 / Nationals -118
O/U: 7 runs

Pitching Match Up

St. Louis: Lance Lynn (1-1, 1.64 ERA)
Washington: Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 5.11 ERA)

In their last games: The Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1.

The Cardinals go into Washington tonight in the first game of a 3-game series. Lance Lynn is 1-1 and gets the start for the Cardinals and Gio Gonzalez is also 1-1 and gets the start for the Nationals. The Cardinals have won and their pitching has been great, as in their winning streak they have only given up a total of 6 runs. Their pitching has been solid and while they are winning St. Louis only ranks 22nd in the Majors in runs. The Nationals have won 4 of their last 5 games after a slow start and their offense has been solid as of late. They have defensive issues, but their bats have woken up and they have the league’s 6th ranked team ERA.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 games against the Nationals in Washington.

The Cardinals are 16-5 in their last 21 games against the Nationals overall.

In the last 13 games between these 2 teams the Under record is 10-1-2.

This season the Nationals are 4-3 at home and the Cardinals are 3-2 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

St. Louis Cardinals: 8-3 SU / O/U 4-7 / Run Line W/L 7-4
Washington Nationals: 6-7 SU / O/U 7-5 / Run Line W/L 5-8

St. Louis at Washington Key Betting Trends

• STL is 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
• STL is 11-3 in their last 14 games vs. a left-handed starter.
• STL has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
• WASH is 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
• WASH is 23-11 in their last 34 home games.
• WASH has an Over record of 6-1-1 in their last 8 games.

Key Player Injuries

CARDINALS
04/19/15 Randal Grichuk RF Back 15-day DL. Out until at least early May
04/07/15 Jaime Garcia SP Shoulder 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/07/15 Thomas Pham CF Quadriceps 15-day DL. Out until at least early May

NATIONALS
04/20/15 Craig Stammen RP Forearm 15-day DL. Out for season
04/19/15 Yunel Escobar 3B Groin Questionable for April 21 vs. St. Louis
04/14/15 Nate McLouth LF Shoulder 15-day DL. Out until at least early May
04/07/15 Erik Davis RP Elbow 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/07/15 Casey Janssen RP Shoulder 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/07/15 Anthony Rendon 3B Knee 15-day DL. Out until at least late April

Free MLB Prediction

Both teams are streaking right now and the Cardinals are winning with a pitching staff that has the best team ERA in the Majors. While Lynn is 1-1 he has only given up 2 earned runs all season and took a 2-0 loss in his last start after getting no run support. He is pitching well, but the Cardinals are 0-4 in their last 4 road games when he has gotten the starting nod. Gonzalez has not been sharp early this season with an ERA over 5.00 and he has given up 7 earned runs in 12 innings so far. However, in his last 4 home starts the Nationals have won every time.

In the last 2 seasons the Cardinals have dominated the Nationals winning 11 of 13 games and in that span their ERA is 1.29 and 0.89 from their starting rotation. Last season Lynn beat the Nationals twice only giving up 1 run in 13 innings of work and he will have another good start in the Nation’s Capital tonight and the Cardinals will take Game 1 of this series.

Take the CARDINALS

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