We’re going to examine the opening game of a three game series tonight between the Cardinals and Nationals. Take the time to read this extremely informative betting preview article which culminates with a money line selection.
Battle of National League Heavyweights on Tuesday
The Washington Nationals will host the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the MLB betting odds at BetOnline, both teams are -105 on the money line, and the posted total is 7.0. Since the start of the 2013 MLB season, St. Louis has gone 11-2 versus Washington, and just one of those thirteen games has gone over the total.
The Cardinals will go with right-hander Lance Lynn on the mound. Lynn has been superb in his first two starts of the year, posting a stellar 1.64 ERA, an excellent 0.91 WHIP, and compiled a better than 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Lynn was 2-0 versus the Nationals in 2014 with a brilliant 0.66 ERA.
Washington will send southpaw Gio Gonzalez to the hill today. Gonzalez has been shaky in his first two starts of the season, posting a lofty 5.11 ERA, and has walked six in 12 2/3 innings pitched.
Cardinals are Red-Hot
St. Louis enters today’s game riding a five game winning streak, and has allowed two runs or less in each of those contests. As a matter of fact, the Cardinals are allowing just 2.2 runs per game on their way to an 8-3 start to the season. Needless to say, their pitching has been terrific, and that’s especially been the case for their bullpen staff. The Cardinals relievers have a collective 1.88 ERA.
Nationals Bats Awaken
The Washington Nationals were off to a brutal offensive start to the season. However, they’ve seemed to turn the corner in that regard. Washington has averaged 5.7 runs per game during their last seven contests. Even with that recent offensive surge, they’re still hitting a poor .226 as a team, and that further speaks to how silent their bats were in the first six games of the season. The Nationals have been able to overcompensate for some of their early offensive shortcomings by hitting fourteen home runs in their first thirteen games.
The Cardinals have the Nationals number over the past couple of season. Considering how well the Cardinals pitching staff has performed, and the Nationals relying on a timely long ball to generate offense in the early going of this 2015 MLB campaign, I’m going to lean toward the visitors in this game for one of my MLB picks on Tuesday
MLB Pick: St. Louis -105 on the money line over Washington at BetOnline.