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UNDER Bettors Sizing up Nationals-Cardinals Matchup

The St. Louis Cardinals have been giving up runs at an alarming rate and must be happy to see July after a brutal June. The Cards gave up more runs in June than they had allowed in any other month over the previous five years. St. Louis seeks its fifth straight victory and a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Sportsbooks opened the Nats as -141 road favorites with a total of 7.5.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in Max Scherzer's last 5 road starts.
  • The UNDER is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in St. Louis.
  • The Cardinals are 5-1 in Carlos Martinez's last 6 home starts.

Max Scherzer and Carlos Martinez will get the start for the Nationals and Cards, respectively. Scherzer (9-5, 2.06 ERA) failed to record at least 10 strikeouts for the first time in seven starts on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. The hurler leads the NL in strikeouts (151) and the majors in WHIP (0.78) and has given up only six earned runs and 22 hits over his last seven appearances.

Martinez (6-6, 2.88) notched his fourth consecutive quality start but didn’t factor into the decision Tuesday vs Arizona when he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out 10 in six innings of work. The 25-year-old has reached the six-inning mark in 12 consecutive starts and registered at least 10 strikeouts four times this season.

UNDER bettors have been profiting when Washington has taken the field of late. In the Nationals’ last seven tilts, the UNDER is 5-1-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Washington Nationals were -116 moneyline favorites in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 7.5 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.9-3.8 result in favor of the Nationals. 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 (39-41) will face the 47-34 Nationals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Washington injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 7-rated St. Louis Cardinals and the league No. 5-ranked Washington Nationals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, St. Louis owns the No. 20 ranking for hits at 8.52 per game. By contrast, the Washington Nationals are rated No. 2 in the same category at 9.68 per game.

Defensively, Washington features the No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.62 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 23 at home, scoring 4.21 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Nationals were saddled with a loss last time out in Gio Gonzalez's start, as they lost 2-1 against St. Louis on Saturday at New Busch Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games
  • Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to New York, Monday, July 3rd
St. Louis home to Miami, Monday, July 3rd