Max Scherzer (5-3, 3.80 ERA) and Jaime Garcia (3-4, 3.59 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Washington Nationals (29-19) and the St. Louis Cardinals (24-24) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 2-1, and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 27 and can be seen on MASN and FSMW.

Scherzer pitched 8.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs and striking out eight in an 8-2 win over the Marlins. Daniel Murphy (.394, 26 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Garcia went 2.1 innings, surrendering five runs and walking one in a 7-2 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Matt Adams (.320, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday.

The odds for Washington and St. Louis are Nationals -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.

The Nationals have the edge in the season series, 4-0.

Predictions: SU Winner - STL


The Cardinals lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Nationals are 7-6. The Cardinals are 3-7 in close games this season.

The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 2-6 record when opponents give up one walk or less.

When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 4-20. The Nationals have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.

Ranking ninth in home runs, Washington has hit 57 this season. St. Louis ranks fourth with 65 home runs.

Ranking 19th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.15 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 9.21.

Ranking 15th, Washington is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.727). St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .799.

The Cardinals are 13-18 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Nationals are 17-16 when they allow at least one homer.