Carlos Martinez (4-0, 1.93 ERA) starts for the St. Louis Cardinals (12-12) as they square off against Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.35 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (16-7) in the last of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Nationals won the last game 6-1, and Washington leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 1 and can be seen on MAS2 and FSMW.
Martinez pitched 8.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out four and walking one in an 8-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Aledmys Diaz (.423, 18 Rs, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday. Scherzer went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 4-3 defeat to the Phillies in his last outing. Daniel Murphy (.370, 12 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for St. Louis and Washington are Cardinals -110, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Nationals have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
St. Louis recorded at least two errors for the seventh time this season. Washington has never registered more than one error in a game this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Cardinals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Cardinals, as the Nationals have won their last two games while the Cardinals have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 10-3. The Nationals have a 12-1 record when outhitting opponents.
St. Louis ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 142 this season. Washington ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 93.
St. Louis and Washington both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. St. Louis sits at sixth with 89 this season and Washington ranks 10th with 81.
The Cardinals are 10-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 12-3 when they hit at least one homer.