The Washington Nationals were one of the favorites to make it to the World Series out of the National League this season. They will try to build on some momentum from a comeback win over one of the game's best pitchers as they start a four-game series against the defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals, in baseball betting action that begins at 7:05 PM ET at Nationals Park in the nation's capital.
Adam Wainwright, the right-handed ace, will get the start for the Cardinals, while Taylor Jordan takes the mound for the Nats. Both of these teams sport records of 9-6.
In the MLB baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game at VietBet, the Cardinals are the favorites:
St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright - R) -153
Washington Nationals (Jordan - R) +143
Over 7 Runs -105
Under 7 Runs -115
Washington came into the final game of its series with the Miami Marlins having lost four out of five, and for five innings had been shut out by Jose Fernandez, who was 11-0 with a 1.12 ERA at Marlins Park in his career. But Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a couple of errors and opened the door for Jayson Werth, who blasted an opposite field homer to even the score up at 3-3. Then pinch hitter Zach Walters, who had hit a home run the previous game, as they were pounded 11-2 by Miami, hit a solo round-tripper that turned out to be the game winner.
Bryce Harper had been a late scratch from the game, having trouble with his quad. He is expected to be available for this game, and that would be good news for the baseball bettors who are leaning to the Washington side, since Harper was batting .520 over his last six games. First-year manager Matt Williams did not sound as if the injury, which amounts to some stiffness, was all that serious.
VietBet customers know that the Cardinals are benefiting from the hot bat of their star catcher, Yadier Molina, who is renowned for his defense but has also gone 14 of 31 from the plate over the last eight games.
St. Louis had won four straight games going into last night's contest against Milwaukee, which didn't quite work out for them in a 5-1 loss. Wainwright seems well-equipped to get them back on the winning track; he has gone seven innings in each of this three starts, and though he has been a bit more permissive in each of the last two, he did strike out eight Chicago Cubs without a walk in his last outing five days ago. Thus far his WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) ratio is an even 1.00.
Baseball bettors were impressed with Taylor Jordan's first start of the season, as he allowed just a single earned run in 6-2/3 innings against Atlanta, but he was bounced around pretty good last time out by the Braves, yielding ten hits and five runs in five innings. Oddly, each of his last three starts have come against the Braves, with Alex Wood providing the opposition.
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