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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.

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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

The Milwaukee Brewers have to be sick to their stomachs right now. Ten days ago, Craig Counsell’s squad held a decent sized lead over the Cubs for the top spot in the division. After dropping eight of their last 10 ball games, the Brew Crew finds itself 3.5 games back and falling fast. The Washington Nationals simply just haven’t been able to turn on the jets against the MLB odds. They’re running out of time. Maybe Bryce Harper and company are simply just better on paper. Either way, this is as crucial a series as it gets for both clubs with wild card ramifications abundant.

Washington National at Milwaukee Brewers
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 8:10 p.m. ET
Location: Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
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Probable Pitchers: Jeremy Hellickson vs. Junior Guerra
Nationals at Brewers TV Coverage: MLB Network

The Nationals went into the All-Star break not feeling the greatest about themselves after dropping two of three at the Pirates and only managing to follow it up with a four game split against the last place Mets. It’s crazy to think just how badly this team has failed to live up to expectations. They were expected to be the runaway winners of the NL East this season. Instead, this veteran club has spun its wheels while younger squads like the Braves and Phillies have had their way with them.

Maybe Dusty Baker wasn’t the problem after all? It’s highly possible someone in the locker room is a cancer. If that’s the case, that due has got to go! There’s simply just way too much talent in D.C. for the Nats to be flirting with a .500 record at this point of the season. Maybe they get back on track here on the road against a scuffling Milwaukee squad considering they’re 26-24 as visitors ( -$217 ).

Brewers’ fans have seen this story play out before. Actually, it’s still fresh in their memory banks after watching their beloved team crack like China dolls the final month of last season. In doing so, the Brewers missed out on postseason play even though they sat atop the NL Central standings a bulk of the season. You’d think they would’ve learned from their mistakes, but right now, that’s simply not the case.

After dropping all five games at PNC Park leading up to the break, Christian Yelich and his mates were just dominated at home by what’s considered to be one of the odds on favorites to win the National League in the Los Angeles Dodgers. Most disparaging was the fact that the series defeat took place in the comforts of their own house where they entered the series 12 games over .500 and up over $1K for baseball bettors. As well as Chicago is playing right now, they better figure it out before their 3.5 game deficit turns into seven!

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The Brewers have held the upper hand in the recent rivalry with Washington by winning six of the last 10 overall meetings. The pitching staffs dominated the proceedings with the under cashing at a 6-3-1 clip. As a host, Milwaukee has also thrived having taken five of the last seven confrontations at Miller Park dating back to 2016. The under is 4-0-1 the last five times these clubs squared off in Milwaukee.

There are some conflicting betting trends to take not of however. Washington has thrived against the NL Central this season in going 8-2, but stands a bankroll killing 4-12 in its last 16 road tilts entering the series. Milwaukee has come out on top seven of the last nine times it hosted a +.500 road team, but again, is dealing with some bothersome injuries and played .200 ball over its last 10 skirmishes.
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This is an extremely tough series to want to get involved with. The Nats are losers in my book and it doesn’t look like their fortunes will be changing any time soon. Milwaukee is snake bitten right now, and only the baseball gods know when they’ll finally snap out of their funk. Making this matchup all the more tougher to wager upon on the baseball betting odds is the fact that Junior Guerra will be returning from the DL to make the start for the home team. Jeremy Hellickson gets the nod for the visitors. He was great in his two starts leading up to the break after tossing 11 innings of 1 ER ball combined, but I’m simply not a believer. While he’s done a nice job for the Nats this season, Guerra brings in the better overall body of work. He’s been his best at home where he’s only conceded 48 hits through 60 innings, and because of it, I’m willing to pay to see him finally lead the Brewers to a must-have feel good triumph.

MLB Pick: Bet the Brewers at BookMaker.eu
MLB Score Prediction: Milwaukee 6 – Washington 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