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St. Louis Cardinals home to Nationals in baseball betting action

Washington Nationals

St. Louis Cardinals
84-73 September 24, 2013, 08:15 PM | Busch Stadium 92-65

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Washington Nationals invade Busch Stadium on Tuesday.

St. Louis hands the ball to starter Michael Wacha in this one and he'll try to improve on his 3-1 mark on the year. Washington counters with Gio Gonzalez, who will try to quiet the fans and the Cardinals bats at the same time.

View Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds and Stats.

The Cardinals were listed as -133 moneyline Favorite earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7.5 earlier at TopBet.

It's a baseball betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Cardinals and the league No. 3-ranked Nationals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -161 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Nationals endured a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Cardinals on Monday, with Tanner Roark throwing 5 innings of 9-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis's No. 3 ranked offense (4.84 runs per game) against a Nationals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 8 at 3.9 runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have been averaging 9.25 hits per game, more than the Nationals have managed so far this season (8.51 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the No. 8 mark in runs allowed.

A few Nationals at Cardinals trends to consider:
Washington is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games on the road
Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
St. Louis is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at St. Louis, Wednesday, September 25th
St. Louis at Montreal, Wednesday, September 25th