Preview: Cardinals at Nationals

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GAME: St. Louis Cardinals (10-6) at Washington Nationals (9-7)
DATE/TIME: Friday, April 18 - 7:05 PM EST
WHERE: Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
LINE: -111, 103 TOTAL: 7


The Washington Nationals had no answers for Adam Wainwright, but they hope they'll fare better against Michael Wacha. The Nationals continue their four-game home series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, one day after managing just two singles against Wainwright. Wacha poses a major challenge as well, especially since the 22-year-old dominated Washington in his final start of the 2013 regular season.

Wacha, making his ninth career start Sept. 24, lost a no-hitter against the Nationals with two outs in the ninth inning on Ryan Zimmerman's infield hit. "It was still a pretty special night," Wacha said after striking out nine Washington hitters, including Ian Desmond twice. Desmond had one of the Nationals' two hits Thursday but also committed two of the team's four errors in an 8-0 defeat.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), MASN2 (Washington)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (2-0, 1.89 ERA) vs. Nationals LH Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.50)

Wacha has worked at least six innings in all three of his starts and has allowed a total of four runs, although three of those came in his last outing. He has walked one batter in each of his outings, striking out 18 along the way. Wacha has given up one extra-base hit in 35 at-bats against right-handed hitters this season.

Gonzalez has worked exactly six innings in all three starts, allowing a total of one run in his first two outings before surrendering six runs in Sunday's loss to Atlanta. First-pitch strikes will be key for Gonzalez as opponents are hitting .156 against him after falling behind 0-1 while that number rises to .333 if the first pitch is a ball. Gonzalez has made two career starts against the Cardinals, allowing a total of two runs in 16 innings. 

WALK-OFFS

1. Cleanup hitters are 0-for-9 with six strikeouts against Wainwright.

2. Gonzalez has faced former American League foes Jhonny Peralta and Peter Bourjos a combined 27 times, holding them to five total hits.

3. The Nationals have lost five of their last seven games while the Cardinals have won five of six. 

PREDICTION: Cardinals 4, Nationals 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
St. Louis 10-6 W1 4-2 6-4 1-0 9-6 0-0 0-0
Washington 9-7 L1 4-3 5-4 9-6 0-1 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

St. Louis Washington
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/17/14 STL 8 WAS 0 .326 0 .804 .069 0 .225

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
STL M. Holliday .667 2 1.750
WAS A. LaRoche .333 1 .833
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
STL M. Carpenter 0 2 0
WAS J. Blevins 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
STL 0.00 .326 8
WAS 6.00 .069 7
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
STL M. Adams .355 22 .885
WAS A. Rendon .317 20 .914
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
STL J. Peralta 4 8 8
WAS J. Werth 3 11 11
Pitching ERA Avg K
STL 3.29 .250 134
WAS 4.10 .258 162

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-110
7
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu 101
-106
111
7
CarbonSports -105 -115
100
7
GTBets.eu 100 -110
105
7
Top Bet
101
-111
100
7
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
SBO.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDSI -110 -110
-104
7
Sportsbook -105 -115
100
7
BookMaker.eu -110 -110
-104
7
Vegas Odds
LVH OFF OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

St. Louis Overall Washington
10-6 W/L 9-7
9-7 RL W/L 9-7
8-7-1 O/U 12-4-0
4.19 Runs For 4.81
3.38 Runs Against 4.62
St. Louis A/H Washington
6-4 W/L 4-3
5-5 RL W/L 3-4
3-6-1 O/U 4-3-0
3.60 Runs For 3.86
2.80 Runs Against 3.57