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Oddsmakers Can't Set Totals High Enough for Cardinals-Nationals Meetings

The St. Louis Cardinals’ season hasn’t quite yet gotten off the ground but a 10-game homestand prior to the all-star break could be just what the doctor ordered for them to climb up the standings in the National League Central. Sportsbooks opened the Cards as -123 home favorites with a total of 9.

Shark Bites
  • The Nationals are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games on the road against teams with losing records.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Nationals' last seven games on the road.
  • The Cardinals are 1-5 SU in their last six games after winning as an underdog.

Mike Leake and Tanner Roark will get the start for the Cardinals and Nationals, respectively. Leake (5-6, 3.12 ERA), who’s winless in his last six outings, has strung together back-to-back quality starts after a four-game stretch that saw him compile a dreadful 6.20 ERA.

Roark (6-5, 5.15) last faced the Cardinals in April when he allowed three earned runs on seven hits in a five-inning victory. The hurler is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in four career appearances (two starts) vs St. Louis. Roark has allowed at least five runs in each of his last three starts.

The OVER has been the hot bet when these squad have gotten together recently. In the previous six meetings between the squads, the OVER is 5-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those betting on the visitors in this one found the Washington Nationals listed as underdogs of 105 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9, check for odds updates at MyBookie.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.2-4.2 win for the Nationals on Friday. 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

The St. Louis Cardinals bring a 37-41 record to the battle against the 47-32 Nationals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Washington injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 7 (St. Louis Cardinals) and the No. 5 (Washington Nationals) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the St. Louis Cardinals and its No. 22-rated batting order, averaging 4.47 runs per nine innings, against the No. 1 lineup of the Washington Nationals at 5.65 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Washington owns the No. 13-rated road mark, allowing 4.6 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 25 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Nationals were saddled with a loss last time out in Joe Ross's start, as they lost 5-4 against Chicago on Thursday at Nationals Park.

The Cardinals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks 10-4 on Thursday at Chase Field.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
  • Washington is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at St. Louis, Saturday, July 1st