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Washington Nationals take on Cardinals in baseball test

Washington NationalsSt. Louis Cardinals
Oct 7, 3:07 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

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Busch Stadium hosts an MLB battle between the St. Louis Cardinals and the visiting Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Gio Gonzalez gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Nationals on this day; he's 21-8 on the season. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will counter with Adam Wainwright, who will be looking to improve on his 14-13 mark.

View Washington vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Cardinals as -105 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 4-rated Cardinals and the league No. 2-ranked Nationals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. Louis has the National League's No. 2-rated offensive output, at 9.4 hits per game. The Nationals average 9.1 hits per game, good for No. 4 on the National League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the National League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the National League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Phillies at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -103 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Washington looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Phillies, a 5-1 final on Wednesday in support of Edwin Jackson at Nationals Park.

St. Louis won its last outing, a 6-3 result against the Braves on October 5. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at +158 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. St. Louis got the job done in their last match in a 6-3 victory over Atlanta on Friday at Turner Field behind starter Kyle Lohse.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing St. Louis are 8-2
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing Atlanta are 2-8
After a win are 6-4

A few Nationals at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 10 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of St. Louis' last 10 games when playing Washington
St. Louis is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Washington at St. Louis, Monday, October 8