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St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals Preview

Washington NationalsSt. Louis Cardinals
April 21, 1:40 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds


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

St. Louis sends Kyle Lohse out against Tom Gorzelanny for the Nationals in this game. Lohse is 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA on the season, while Gorzelanny is 0-1 on the year and has a 5.56 ERA.

View Washington vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Cardinals as -165 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis' National League No. 2-ranked scoring average of 5.5 runs per game, against a Nationals offense rated No. 8 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The Cardinals have averaged 10.7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Nationals hitters have managed (7.4 per nine innings).

St. Louis owns the National League's No. 8 defense, allowing 4.2 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington's National League No. 9-rated defense.

The Nationals were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -158 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors. Washington suffered a 5-3 loss against St. Louis on Wednesday, as Jordan Zimmermann wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After playing Washington are 6-4
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
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 13 games
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
St. Louis is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis' last 8 games
St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
St. Louis is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at Pittsburgh, Friday, April 22
St. Louis home to Cincinnati, Friday, April 22