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Washington Nationals take on the St. Louis Cardinals with Odds and Betting Pick

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

St. Louis hands the ball to starter Mike Leake in this one and he'll try to improve on his 0-2 mark on the year. Washington counters with Stephen Strasburg, who will try to quiet the fans and the Cardinals bats at the same time.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the St. Louis Cardinals as 100 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.2-3.6 victory for the Cardinals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

St. Louis (12-10) will face the 14-7 Nationals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Washington injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the St. Louis Cardinals at No. 2 and the Washington Nationals at No. 4 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits St. Louis Cardinals No. 1-rated offense, averaging 6.23 runs per game, against a Washington Nationals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.62 in runs allowed per game. The St. Louis Cardinals have averaged 9.73 hits per game so far, more than Washington Nationals batters have averaged on the year (7.81 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and St. Louis has the No. 16-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Nationals were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Philadelphia staff and losing 3-0 to the Phillies on Thursday at Nationals Park.

St. Louis didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by R De La Rosa in a losing cause, 3-0, against Arizona on Thursday.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 11 games
  • Washington is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
  • St. Louis is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at St. Louis, Saturday, April 30th