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Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Betting Odds

By Mike Rose

Don’t look now, but the St. Louis Cardinals are only five games back in the NL Central pennant chase and only sit two games out in the NL Wildcard race. The team has done a complete 180 under the watch of interim manager Mike Shildt winning 17 of 26 games to go from one game over .500 to nine games ahead of a breakeven pace. That’s a position the Washington Nationals wish they were in with the club underachieving in a huge way a second straight season.

Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Date and Time: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
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Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs. Jack Flaherty
Nationals vs. Cardinals TV Coverage: MLB Network

Six games out in the wildcard race, this is a make or break series for Bryce Harper and the Nats. If losing to the Cubs on a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth wasn’t enough to make you sick, dropping the opener of this series in St. Louis after giving up five runs the last two innings should do the trick. Washington was on life support as it was. The loss might just have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Winning the NL East looks nothing but a pipe dream now that they’re seven games off the pace of the Atlanta Braves, and they also need to chase down the Phillies for the Wildcard. Good luck with that. Monday night’s heartbreaking loss dropped the Nationals a game below .500 on the road where they’ve cost baseball bettors over $600 to date. It also moved them to 1-3 their last four visits to the Show Me State.

What a difference a change of scenery makes. Giving Matheny the axe, benching unproductive veterans and shipping another out has done wonders for the franchise. Still, the Redbirds face a steep uphill climb to get back into the NL Central pennant race, so at best, they’re likely looking at a one game playoff should they actually see the comeback all the way through and get into the second season.

Monday’s comeback win moved the team to a season-high nine games over .500. In doing so, they clawed to within five games of front running Chicago and within two games of the Brewers and Phillies for the Wildcard. Regardless of how the rest of the season turns out, you have to imagine Shildt has caught the attention of upper management to at some point return “interim” from his job title.

Player to Watch

Matt Carpenter –The veteran is one of the main reasons for the Redbirds turnaround. While his bat was silent the first couple months of the season, it’s been red hot over the last 10 weeks. He entered this series with a .280 average and 68 RBI. Most impressive are his 30 freaking 3 home runs! Over St. Louis’s last 10 games, the utility man has gone yard seven times. Seven times! He launched a three run bomb in Monday’s series opener to begin the late inning comeback. We’ll see just how locked in he is at the moment with the lefty just 1-for-6 with a K and two walks against Tanner Roark lifetime.
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Speaking of Roark, he’s 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and .323 BAA through three career starts against the Cardinals. It gets even uglier at Busch Stadium where he’s 0-2 through a pair of career starts with a 7.88 ERA and .308 BAA. I don’t foresee it getting any prettier in this outing. On the flipside, Jack Flaherty has been pitching out of his mind over his last two turns. He tossed six innings of shutout ball at the Pirates in PNC, and then followed it up with seven innings of 2 ER ball allowed at the Royals in Kansas City. St. Louis has split his eight home starts where he’s the owner of a 3.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 43.1 innings. This will be the first time Washington will have seen his stuff, and that bodes tremendously well for the rookie pitcher. The Nats are cooked. Look for the Redbirds to put the form in ‘em tonight!

MLB Pick: Bet the Cardinals at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: St. Louis 8 – Washington 2

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By Mike Rose

Blake Snell has made nine career starts against the New York Yankees over the course of his career. He’s managed two wins to go along with three losses and owns a lifetime 4.58 ERA versus the Bronx Bombers. He enters start No. 15 for the Tampa Bay Rays in the midst of his best season at the professional level. He’ll attempt to keep the mojo rising on Thursday night when he takes to the Yankee Stadium bump for the opener of the AL East rival’s extended four game series.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
Date and Time: Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
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Probable Pitchers: Blake Snell vs. Domingo German
Rays at Yankees TV Coverage: FS1

As top heavy the AL East currently is, the Rays have to proud of the fact that they’re currently the best of the worst. At 14 games off the pace, Tampa Bay has no realistic chance of catching either the Yankees or Red Sox, but it does have a shot of finishing the regular season up with a .500 record. It entered Tuesday night’s tilt with Toronto five games under the breakeven point ( -$482 ).

With the club below average overall, it comes as no surprise to find the Rays substandard in a number of different areas. Tampa Bay hits well as a team evidenced by its .257 batting average ( No. 6 ), but it’s only translated into an average of 4.1 runs per game ( No. 24 ). On top of that, the pitching staff has been brutal with the starters amassing a total of 19 quality starts and the bullpen the owner of a 3.88 ERA ( No. 14 ). Stats like that aren’t allowing it to compete within the division.

Then there’s the New York Yankees who sit tied atop the division standings along with the Boston Red Sox. Aaron Boone has had a great go of it in his inaugural season in the Bronx. The Yanks own the league’s top-ranked offense that ranked No. 1 in runs scored per game ( 5.5 ), OPS ( .796 ) and home runs ( 103 ). On top of that, the starting staff has spun 31 quality starts ( No. 8 ) while the bullpen has taken care of business in 18 of its 26 save opportunities.

Heading into Tuesday night’s series opener with the Washington Nationals, the Yankees checked in as the fifth most lucrative team to back this season. Even though Aaron Judge and company are routinely favored by oddsmakers on the betting lines, the team is in the black by nearly $1100. That’s freaking awesome! They’ve taken care of business both at home ( 4544 ) and on the road ( $553 ) which has hurt sportsbook’s bottom line at this point of the season.

Player to Watch

Blake Snell – The series opener will all come down to how well the third year pro handles himself in Gotham. The righty enters start No. 15 the owner of a spectacular 2.30 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. While he’s issuing just over 2.7 walks per nine innings, Snell has left those runners on base due to registering 89 Ks through his 82.1 total innings of work. Since getting bombed in Baltimore back on May 13, the Rays’ staff ace has logged quality efforts in four of his last five starts. He came one out away from making it five straight during that stretch. Bottom line, Snell is in a groove right now and his 0-3 record and inflated 6.55 career ERA at Yankee Stadium will no doubt have the Rays lined as the value side in this matchup.
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Coming off an intense two-game series with the Washington Nationals in a potential World Series showdown, I believe the Yankees will be ripe for the upset on the MLB odds at top rated sportsbooks. Domingo German has done absolutely nothing to make me buy the fact that oddsmakers will have New York lined as decisive home chalk in this matchup. He’s 0-4 with a bloated 5.32 ERA and only just snapped a string of throwing four straight non-quality starts by attaining the minimum against the weak-hitting Mets last time out. I get that the Rays have only logged three wins in their last 10 tries against the division rivals. I’m also well aware that they’ve dropped eight of their last 10 visits to the Bronx. Tampa has the better starter on the bump and the Yankees are in a prime letdown spot. Tampa Bay is as rabid as they come tonight!

MLB Pick: Bet the Rays at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 7 – New York 2

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By Mike Rose

The Boston Red Sox are flying high right now having gotten out to a 10-2 start and taking two of three from the hated New York Yankees before their weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles. It’s all set to close out on Monday afternoon when the BoSox host the o’s at Fenway Park on Patriots Day. These teams last met on this day back on April 20, 2009. The Red Sox won that game and stand 4-1 against the division rivals on this holiday for the state of Massachusetts and Maine.

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Date and Time: Monday, April 16, 2018, 11:05 a.m. ET
Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
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Probable Pitchers: Andrew Cashner vs. Brian Johnson
Orioles at Red Sox TV Coverage: MLB Network

How do you go into the Bronx and take three of four from the Yankees and follow it up by dropping a three game series to the Blue Jays? That’s exactly what Buck Showalter’s squad managed to do, and it looks to only be a sign of the times for this struggling franchise. Once Manny Machado is shipped to another team later this season, this team is going to take a major nosedive.

There simply isn’t much to get excited about when it comes to the Orioles. The starting staff has managed to produce the fifth most quality starts in the league, but the fun stops there. The offense has been a flat out joke! Machado is the only bat hitting better than .300. Chris Davis continues to be a strikeout machine and has only gone yard once. Jonathan Schoop is marred in a huge slump. Adam Jones is a shell of his former self. The list goes on and on. Bottom line, the Orioles offense can’t hit its way out of a paper bag right now.

It’s a much different story in Boston right now with the Red Sox getting out to the second best record in the league. In winning 10 of its 12 played games, Boston has lined those that backed them on the baseball betting odds a cool $743 return on their investment. Not bad for a squad that’s gone off the betting board favored in all but two of their played games.

The club has gotten it done both at the plate, on the mound and in the field. Mookie Betts and company are averaging 5.8 runs per game ( No. 3 ) while batting .259 overall ( No. 4 ). The starting staff has produced the second most quality starts ( 7 ), and owns a staff ERA of 3.08. On top of all that, the defense has only committed a grand total of three errors. Add it all up together, and it equals the hottest team the AL has to offer.

Injuries

Trey Mancini –The second year utility player has gotten out to a rough start to the season after shining in his rookie debut. Showalter batting him all over the order hasn’t done him any favors. Regardless, his status for this series is listed as questionable after he took a pitch off his hand. Mancini was actually batting lead-off for a couple games before getting injured. It will be interesting to see the Orioles lineup should he be forced to miss.

Hanley Ramirez – Xander Bogaerts going down with broken bone in his ankle hurt. Especially with the fifth year player getting out to such a hot start. Unfortunately, Han-Ram could likely be headed to the DL as well after taking a pitch off his wrist. A bad bruise developed, so it’s possible management decides to take it slow with their veteran to allow it to heel. If they do, his .357 batting average and team-high 12 RBI will be sorely missed in the meat of the batting order.

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In a season already loaded with disappointment, offseason acquisition Andrew Cashner has proved to be one of the lone bright spots. The grizzly veteran is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA and has only allowed 12 hits over the course of his 18 innings of work. He enters his fourth starts of the year having logged quality efforts in each of his last two starts against the Yankees and Blue Jays. He was blasted in this venue last season in his first career start at Fenway Park. I expect him to continue throwing well in this one which has me looking the visitor’s way on the MLB betting lines. After taking their hacks against lefty Chris Sale on Sunday, matching up against Brian Johnson’s weak sauce shouldn’t be a tall order. I know its Patriots Day and everything, but I got a feeling Boston’s going down!

MLB Pick: Bet the Orioles at BookMaker.eu
MLB Score Prediction: Baltimore 6 – Boston 4