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NLDS Game 4 Preview - Cardinals underdogs vs Nationals at Washington

St. Louis CardinalsWashington Nationals
Oct 11, 4:07 PM | GrassNationals Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals Odds

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The Washington Nationals battle to stay alive in the NLDS and they are home underdogs to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday in MLB betting action.

The match puts starter Kyle Lohse for the Cardinals on the hill facing Ross Detwiler for the Nationals. Lohse brings a 17-3 mark to the game, while Detwiler is 9-8 to date on the season.

View St Louis vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Washington sat as -105 favorites. The total was set at 8.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Nationals at No. 2 in the National League and the Cardinals at No. 4 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 5-rated National League offense, averaging 4.5 runs per game, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 5 in the National League at 4 in runs allowed per game. The Nationals have averaged 9.1 hits per game so far, less than Cardinals batters have averaged on the year (9.4 hits per game).

Washington owns the National League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with St. Louis' National League No. 5-rated defense.

In their last action, St. Louis was an 8-0 winner on the road against the Nationals. Bettors on St. Louis at -101 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. St. Louis threw a shutout at Washington in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Chris Carpenter to defeat Washington 8-0 on Wednesday.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing St. Louis are 7-3
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Cardinals at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis' last 8 games when playing on the road against Washington
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of St. Louis' last 13 games when playing Washington
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington's last 13 games when playing St. Louis
Washington is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 13 games

Next up:
St. Louis at Washington, Friday, October 12