Stephen Strasburg (8-0, 2.79 ERA) takes the hill for the Washington Nationals (29-21) as they square off against Michael Wacha (2-5, 5.04 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (26-24) in the last of a four-game series at Nationals Park. The Cardinals won the last game 9-4, and St. Louis leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 29 and can be seen on MASN and FSMW.
Strasburg pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out 11 and walking two in a 7-4 win over the Mets. Daniel Murphy (.390, 27 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Wacha went 4.0 innings, surrendering eight runs, striking out four and walking four in a 12-3 defeat to the Cubs in his most recent start. Matt Adams (.327, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with two RBIs.
The odds for Washington and St. Louis are Nationals -190, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Nationals lead the season series, 4-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
St. Louis has won 57% (16-12) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Washington has won 62% (13-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Nationals have a 1-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 5-20. The Nationals have a 4-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking ninth in home runs, Washington has hit 61 this season. St. Louis ranks third with 68 home runs.
Ranking 19th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.12 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 9.16.
Ranking 18th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.725). St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .800.
The Cardinals are 15-18 when they allow at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 17-18 record.