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Nats vs Cards: Game 5 NLDS Preview

The St. Louis Cardinals need a Game 5 NLDS victory to return to the NLCS and they seek to grab a road win when they take on the Nationals in Washington Friday in baseball odds action.

The match puts veteran starter Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals on the hill facing Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals. Wainwright brings a 14-13 mark to the game, while Gonzalez is 21-8 to date on the season.

The Nationals forced Game 7 with a Jason Werth homer in extra innings last night and they opened as small -130 home chalk at most online sportsbooks.

View St Louis vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Washington opened as -130 moneyline favorites in this baseball match at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 7 at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Nationals - Cardinals odds would favor the Nationals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Washington is rated No. 2 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while St. Louis is at No. 4 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington has the National League's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 9.1 hits per game. The Cardinals average 9.4 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the National League list.

Washington owns the National League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with St. Louis' National League No. 5-rated defense.

In their last action, St. Louis was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Nationals. Bettors on Washington at -104 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. St. Louis didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 2-1 to Washington on Thursday at Nationals Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a win are 3-7


A few Cardinals at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 11 of St. Louis' last 14 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis' last 9 games when playing on the road against Washington
St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
St. Louis is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
Washington is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington's last 14 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing at home against St. Louis