Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Primer - Total Pick
Time: 2:15 PM ET
Location: Busch Stadium
The Washington Nationals will try to avoid being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals after losing yesterday 4-1 and on Friday 1-0. The Cardinals have now won 4 of the 6 games they have played this season.
St. Louis is on a mini hot streak winning 5 of their last 6 games. Washington is streaking the other way with 3 straight losses after previously winning 6 of 7 games.
Money Line: Cardinals -116
Over/Under Line: 7.5
DOUG FISTER (R) ERA: 2.68 W/L: 5-1
JAMIE GARCIA (L) ERA: 4.26 W/L: 2-0
Both pitchers had a late start to the season with neither getting their first MLB start until May.
Nationals' starter Doug Fister has been sharp in his last three pitching allowing 4 earned runs over 20 innings. He has pitched well on the road with a 2.66 ERA. He'll be making his first career start against the Cards.
The Cardinals hand the ball to left-hander Jamie Garcia who has had an up and down season with good starts followed by moderate to poor outings. He's struggled at home with a bloated 6.16 earned run average over 19 innings in 3 starts. He is however coming off of his best start of the season shutting down the Blue Jays' bats over 7 innings of 3 hit ball.
After a power surge against the Padres and Giants the Nationals' bats have gone silent with 2 runs scored in their last three games. The issue hasn't been leaving players on base. It is getting on base with a combined 13 hits in their last 3 games.
The Cardinals haven't actually been hitting up a storm with only 9 runs scored in their last 4 games.
Recent history shows that these two teams have played to under the total in 7 of the last 10 meetings with 1 over and 2 pushes.