In the second of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (12-11) and the Washington Nationals (15-7) at Busch Stadium, Jaime Garcia (1-1, 3.24 ERA) and Joe Ross (2-0, 0.54 ERA) get the ball. The Nationals won the last game 5-4, and Washington leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 30 and will air on MASN, FSMW and MLBN.
In his most recent outing, Garcia pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking three in a 12-7 loss to the Diamondbacks. Jeremy Hazelbaker (.322, 11 Rs, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday. The Nationals were victorious the last time Ross pitched. He went 2.0 innings, giving up zero runs and walking one in a 3-1 victory over the Marlins. Daniel Murphy (.364, 11 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are St. Louis -130 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.
So far this season, the Nationals are 1-0 against the Cardinals.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
The Nationals won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cardinals are 1-4. The Nationals are 4-2 in close games this season.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Nationals have a 7-1 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 2-9. The Nationals have a 2-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Washington ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting 25 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 34.
Ranking 24th, Washington is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.77 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 9.74.
Ranking 20th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.697). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .845.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 8-5. When the Cardinals allow one or more homers, they have a 7-7 record.