Stephen Strasburg (3-0, 2.17 ERA) gets the start for the Washington Nationals (14-7) as they meet Mike Leake (0-2, 5.64 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (12-10) in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 29 and will air on MAS2 and FSMW.
In his most recent outing, Leake pitched 5.0 innings, giving up five runs (two unearned), striking out four and walking two in an 8-5 victory over the Padres. The Nationals were also victorious the last time Strasburg pitched. He struggled, going 7.1 innings, allowing four runs and striking out 10 in a 6-5 victory over the Twins. Bryce Harper (.314, 15 Rs, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base.
This is a tough travel spot for the Cardinals, who are returning home after a late-night game in Arizona and a swing through the NL West.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Nationals -130 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
Washington has won 62% (5-3) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, St. Louis has won 64% (7-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in four hits, the Nationals need to step it up. The Cardinals have a record of 2-0 when opponents get four hits or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 10-1. 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 137 this season. Washington ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 82.
Ranking 10th, Washington is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 74 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with 85.
The Cardinals are 10-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 10-3 when they hit at least one homer.