Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 5.11 ERA) and Lance Lynn (1-1, 1.64 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (6-7) and the St. Louis Cardinals (8-3) at Nationals Park. The Cardinals come into this series hoping to extend a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 21 and can be seen on FSN-MW, MASN and MLB Network.
Gonzalez pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 10-5 win over the Red Sox. Ian Desmond (.314, 8 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs) had another good game Sunday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI. Lynn is 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA when pitching against the Nationals. He is up against a below-average Washington offense which is hitting just .226 this season. Matt Carpenter (.400, 10 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Cardinals, going 2 for 3 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Washington is a -120 favorite against St. Louis and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Nationals have an overall money line of -311 and a record as the favorite of 5-5. Washington is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 3.1 per game.
In the other locker room, St. Louis is coming in with an overall money line of +418 and an impressive record of 2-1 as the dog. St. Louis's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an NL-low 2.40 ERA on the road. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cardinals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.03 for the season. The Cardinals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 9.8 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Nationals have a 4-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lynn takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Cardinals won by a margin of one run. The Nationals are 2-2 in one-run games. The Cardinals have a 1-2 record in close games.
The Cardinals are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Nationals are 1-1 in such matchups.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Nationals have a 0-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 5-3. The Nationals have a 5-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, St. Louis has earned 43 this season. Washington ranks 13th with 53 runs.
Ranking 20th, St. Louis is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 31 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 42.
The Nationals are 5-5 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 4-1 when they hit at least one homer.