- 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
|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.
It is expected to be a beautiful day in St. Louis with a forecasted high temperature 83 degrees, sunny and light northeast win.
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
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.
Gray looks good on us 🐬
7 innings. 9 strikeouts. Josiah Gray. pic.twitter.com/rUXnPhCMMg
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 25, 2022
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).
Adam Wainwright dropping absolute baseball knowledge while warming up
One of the games best over the last 16 years pic.twitter.com/4r2Efe7kmV
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) August 29, 2022
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|
|Cardinals Batters||Batting Average vs Josiah Gray|
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.
Sure, we will watch Goldy hitting another home run! pic.twitter.com/QbHq2hzD1M
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 8, 2022
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.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 8, 2022
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|
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)