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Nationals vs Cardinals Odds & Picks (Sep. 8)

John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in MLB Baseball

Sep 7, 2022 · 9:10 PM PDT

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Tommy Edman is congratulated by teammates after hitting a game-winning double
Sep 7, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Tommy Edman (19) celebrates with Albert Pujols (5) after hitting a walk-off two run double against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Cardinals are -305 home favorites over the Nationals on Thursday
  • Josiah Gray (7-9, 4.91) will pitch for Washington against Adam Wainwright (10-9, 3.21)
  • A look at the Nationals vs Cardinals odds and matchup can be found below with a prediction

The St. Louis Cardinals will try to build off a thrilling victory when then they host the Washington Nationals at 1:15 p.m. ET Thursday at Busch Stadium in the finale of a four-game series.

The Cardinals (81-55, 47-22 home) rallied with five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 6-5 on Wednesday night for their ninth win in their last 11 games. The Nationals (49-89, 26-42) have the worst record in the major leagues despite winning five of their last eight games.

The Cardinals hold a 9.5-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central.

Nationals vs Cardinals Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
Washington Nationals +240 +1.5 (+118) Over 8 (-105)
St. Louis Cardinals -305 -1.5 (-140) Under 8 (-115)

Odds as of September 7th at Caesars Sportsbook. Get Caesars Sportsbook bonus code

The Cardinals are -305 favorites, giving them an expected win probability of 75.31%. St. Louis has +2000 World Series odds and the Nationals’ odds are +200000.

It is expected to be a beautiful day in St. Louis with a forecasted high temperature 83 degrees, sunny and light northeast win.

 

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Washington vs St Louis Probable Pitchers

Josiah Gray (7-9, 4.91) is scheduled to start for the Nationals against Adam Wainwright (10-9, 3.21). Gray will be working on five days of rest and Wainwright, who has +50000 longshot NL Cy Young odds, on four.

Gray vs Wainwright

Josiah Gray
VS
Adam Wainwright
7-9 Record 10-9
4.91 ERA 3.21
4.14 xERA 4.26
1.34 WHIP 1.20
2.49 SO/W 2.93

Gray is 0-4 with a 6.53 ERA in his last eight starts and lost to the Mets last Friday in New York. He was tagged for six runs and six hits in five innings while walking four and striking out two.

This will be Gray’s second career start against the Cardinals. He allowed four runs in five hits in losing to them July 31 in Washington.

Gray is 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA on the road this season. In nine starts during the day, he has a 4-2 record and 2.66 ERA. The Nationals are 10-14 when Gray gets the ball.

Wainwright is 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA over his last eight starts, including beating the Chicago Cubs on Saturday at Busch Stadium. He lasted just five innings and gave up four runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

In his career against the Nationals, Wainwright has a 10-6 mark and 3.08 ERA in 21 games (18 starts).

Wainwright is 6-3 with a 2.41 ERA in 15 starts at home this season. He is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in eight starts in day games. The Cardinals have a 16-11 record when Wainwright pitches.

Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers

Nationals Batters Batting Average vs Adam Wainwright
Luke Voit .667
Nelson Cruz .333
Cesar Hernandez .200
Victor Robles .100
Ildemaro Vargas .000
Cardinals Batters Batting Average vs Josiah Gray
Corey Dickerson 1.000
Nolan Gorman .500
Brendan Donovan .333
Nolan Arenado .000
Paul Goldschmidt .000
Paul DeJong .000
Lars Nootbaar .000

The Nationals’ Victor Robles has struggled against Wainwright, going 1 for 10, though the hit was a home run.

Nationals vs Cardinals Betting Outlook

Tommy Edman hit a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning cap the Cardinals’ five-run rally from a 5-1 deficit.

The Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt hit his 35th home run, one short of his career high. His 108 RBIs lead the NL.

Brendan Donovan, Nolan Arenado and Yadier Molina had two hits each for St. Louis.

The Cardinals placed right fielder Dylan Carlson on the injured list prior to the game with a left thumb sprain. Outfielder Alec Burleson was called up from Triple-A Memphis where he was hitting .331 with 20 home runs in 109 games.

The Nationals’ Luke Voit had a two-run homer among his three hits.

The Cardinals have won four of six games against the Nationals. St. Louis also holds a slight 16-14 edge in the series since 2018 despite being swept by Washington in the 2019 National League Championship Series.

WSH vs STL Last 10 Games

Date Home Team Away Team Score
9/7/22 Cardinals Nationals STL, 6-5
9/6/22 Cardinals Nationals STL, 4-1
9/5/22 Cardinals Nationals WAS, 6-0
7/31/22 Nationals Cardinals STL, 5-0
7/30/22 Nationals Cardinals WAS, 7-6
7/29/22 Nationals Cardinals STL, 6-2
4/21/21 Nationals Cardinals WAS, 1-0
4/20/21 Nationals Cardinals WAS, 3-2
4/19/21 Nationals Cardinals STL, 12-5
4/14/21 Cardinals Nationals WAS, 6-0

Nationals vs Cardinals Prediction

Though Gray is on a long winless streak, this is a perfect spot for an underdog play as he pitches well on the road and in day games. And the Nationals have been playing respectably lately.

Pick: Nationals ML (+240)

 

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