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Nationals Have Had Cards' Number

The Washington Nationals will continue their four-game series with the Cardinals Friday in the midst of a fantastic run against St. Louis. The Nats have taken the past five against the Cards – including all four games this season – while holding St. Louis to just one run in each of their previous three meetings.

Shark Bites
  • The Nationals are 5-1 in their past six games as moneyline favorites of -170 or less.
  • The Cardinals are 2-5 in Jaime Garcia’s past seven starts.
  • Daniel Murphy is expected to be back in the Nationals’ lineup after a day off Thursday.

Strikeout machine Max Scherzer – who has a 38/8 K/BB ratio in his past three starts - will get the start for the Nationals. Scherzer continues to struggle with the longball this season as he has surrendered nine home runs in his past four starts.

Jaime Garcia will get his second start against the Nationals this season after he went 6.1 innings while surrendering four hits and four earned runs for the Cardinals in April 30. Garcia is coming off his worst start of the year as he lasted just 2.1 innings while giving up five runs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the Washington Nationals in this matchup found them as -156 favorites on the MLB money line at BetOnline. Betting the over under instead? It was 7 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.5-2.2 win for the Nationals on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals sport a record of 28-19 heading into this matchup, while the St. Louis Cardinals sit at 24-24 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs St. Louis injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Washington Nationals and the league No. 13-ranked St. Louis Cardinals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Washington Nationals No. 14-ranked scoring average of 4.19 runs per game, against a St. Louis Cardinals offense rated No. 3 and scoring 5.4 runs per game. The Nationals have averaged 8.15 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.21 per nine innings).

St. Louis brings the No. 21-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Nationals's No. 2-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cardinals were saddled with a loss last time out in M Leake's start, as they lost 2-1 against Washington on Thursday at Nationals Park.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of St. Louis's last 17 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing Washington
  • Washington is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
  • Washington is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games when playing St. Louis

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis at Washington, Saturday, May 28th

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