The Washington Nationals are facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLCS. The visiting Nationals currently hold a 1-0 series lead, and this matchup will be televised on TBS. The game gets underway 4:08 p.m. ET.
Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds
The Nationals are 98-71 SU and have gone 95-73 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 7.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 18.4 units ATS. Washington’s covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 94-74 SU and 87-80 ATS. They’ve gained 5.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.4 units ATS. St. Louis has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.
Cardinals games have had an over/under record of 70-85-12 in 2019. Washington has an over/under record of 78-80-10.
Right-hander Max Scherzer is the probable starter for the visiting Nationals. Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) has racked up 243 strikeouts in 172.1 innings so far. He’s 0-2 with 19 strikeouts and a 5.27 ERA against St. Louis this year (two starts).
The Cardinals will put the ball in the right hand of Adam Wainwright (14-10, 4.19 ERA, 1.43 WHIP), who’s got 153 strikeouts and 64 walks. Wainwright is 2-0 with eight strikeouts and a 1.35 ERA across two starts against Washington this year.
Fueled by a team slash line of .229/.319/.366, Washington has tallied 3.9 runs per game through seven postseason outings. St. Louis is hitting .222/.291/.369 and the team has put up 4.3 runs in this year’s playoffs.
The Cardinals bullpen has registered a postseason ERA of 4.08 and a WHIP of 1.58, while Nationals relievers have performed significantly worse with a 6.20 ERA and 1.48 WHIP.
Washington’s hitters have been paced by third baseman Anthony Rendon and shortstop Trea Turner, who have combined to belt 55 home runs. Rendon is slashing .320/.414/.599 with 35 home runs, 131 RBIs and 123 runs scored. Turner (.296/.351/.495) has produced 20 homers, 58 RBIs, 100 runs and 35 steals.
The Cardinals’ batters have been led by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and second baseman Kolten Wong. Goldschmidt is hitting .264/.348/.487 with 36 home runs, 99 RBIs and 102 runs scored, and Wong’s line is .281/.359/.419 with 11 homers, 63 RBIs, 64 runs and 25 stolen bases.
The Nationals are coming off a 2-0 win in Game 1 of this series.
Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free MLB Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Nationals, O/U – UNDER
The under has cashed in just two of St. Louis’ last seven games.
The Nationals have a total OPS of .794 this season and an OPS of .783 against right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS sits at .736 overall and .732 against righties.
St. Louis has posted 20.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 16.2 over its last five.
The Nationals have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 11 over their last 10.