MLB Picks: Nationals vs. Cardinals Tuesday Betting Odds

Joe Freda

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 1:12 PM GMT

The St. Louis Cardinals held on for Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. Can they keep it up in tonight's second game of a 3-game series?

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Tuesday’s rematch at Busch Stadium has St. Louis sending righty Michael Wacha (3-1, 3.21 ERA) against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (11-7, 3.39 ERA).

Cardinals, Beltran take opener

Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran cracked a two-run homer in Monday’s win, breaking a 2-2 tie between the foes in the fifth frame. St. Louis’ Matt Adams hit 2-for-4 from the cleanup slot, while reliever Trevor Rosenthal recorded his first save of the year.

Washington’s Jayson Werth got his side on the board with an early long ball, followed by striking out twice to finish 1-for-4. Nationals mates Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche were held to a combined 0-for-8, while the contest’s combined seven runs ‘pushed’ the closing total.

Wacha shelled in Colorado

Wacha logged a no-decision in Thursday’s 7-6 defeat for St. Louis to the Colorado Rockies, failing to cash as a 160 sports betting road favorite. The 22-year-old gave up four runs on 12 hits, exiting after 4 2/3 innings.

St. Louis fell in the lengthy battle’s 15th frame, with reliever Fernando Salas logging his staff’s loss. Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday finished 3-for-4 with a trio of walks, while Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina combined to hit 0-for-11.

Gonzalez collects at home

Gonzalez notched his fourth win in five starts on the same day’s card, with Washington topping the Miami Marlins, 3-2. The two-time All-Star allowed both of Miami’s runs over six innings, cashing as a 228 home favorite.

Nationals relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard each logged a hold, while closer Rafael Soriano picked up his 42nd save. Washington’s Bryce Harper cracked a three-run homer for his side’s scoring, finishing 3-for-4.

Back the ‘Under’ in St. Louis

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Early MLB betting odds opened Wacha as a 135 home favorite, while first listing the ‘total’ at 7.5 (‘Under’ minus 125). St. Louis’ Matt Holliday missed Monday’s battle due to a back injury and is listed as “questionable” here.

I am backing the ‘Under’ in this duel for my baseball picks, looking for another close contest following a tight opener.

Wacha has allowed just two homers in 37 1/3 IP at home as both a starter and reliever, while giving up just two earned runs in the span’s last 20 2/3 frames. Washington’s lineup has bat just .234 against right-handed pitching on the road, with the ‘Under’ going 3-1-1 in the club’s last five spots facing a righty starter.

Gonzalez has held foes to one earned run over his last two road starts (14 2/3 IP), while giving up just five earned runs in three outings against the Cardinals last year (19 IP). St. Louis has seen the ‘Under’ cash at a 10-1 clip in the club’s last 11 home dates against a listed southpaw, with the Cardinals held to a .221 BA facing lefties.

Umpire Paul Schrieber has seen the ‘Under’ cash at 3-2 in his last five called games, while the wager is 14-6 in the 47 year-old’s last 20 duels involving the Cardinals. Look for more low octane playing here, adding to the 3-0-1 mark for ‘Under’ tickets in the last four meetings between these foes.

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MLB Pick: Bet the Nationals/Cardinals game UNDER 7 (-105), at William Hill

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