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St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals Preview

Washington Nationals

St. Louis Cardinals
84-72 September 23, 2013, 08:15 PM | Busch Stadium 91-65

The Washington Nationals will look to grab a road win when they take on the Cardinals in St. Louis at Busch Stadium on Monday in baseball odds action.

The match puts starter Tanner Roark for the Nationals on the hill facing Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals. Roark brings a 7-0 mark to the game, while Wainwright is 17-9 to date on the season.

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

On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, St. Louis sat as -165 Favorite earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 7.5, according to 5Dimes.

This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 6 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Nationals, who rate a No. 3 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Washington was a 5-4 winner at home against the Marlins. Bettors on Washington at -320 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Nationals enjoyed a 5-4 victory at the expense of the Marlins on Sunday, with Stephen Strasburg throwing 6 innings of 6-hit ball at Nationals Park.

St. Louis lost its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Brewers on September 22. Bettors who backed the Brewers at +139 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Cardinals were saddled with a loss last time out in Joe Kelly's start, as they lost 6-4 against Milwaukee on Sunday at Miller Park.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits St. Louis's No. 3-rated offense, averaging 4.85 runs per game, against a Nationals defense that ranks No. 8 at 3.9 in runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have averaged 9.24 hits per game so far, more than Nationals batters have averaged on the year (8.52 hits per game).

Defensively, Washington features the No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.17 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 at home, scoring 4.68 runs per game.

A few Nationals at Cardinals trends to consider:
Washington is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
St. Louis is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games
St. Louis is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Washington at St. Louis, Tuesday, September 24th
St. Louis at Montreal, Tuesday, September 24th