St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals - 10/11/19 MLB NLCS Game 1 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Nationals (96-71) at St. Louis Cardinals (93-73)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8:08 pm (Busch Stadium)
Anibal Sanchez vs. Miles Mikolas
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -120 / Washington Nationals +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals meet Friday in game one of the NLCS at Busch Stadium.
The Washington Nationals are being thrown right back into a new series after a classic game five against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nationals have found their offense lately, scoring 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their first six playoff games. The Washington Nationals have won 19 of their last 20 games when scoring four or more runs. The Nationals are in the Championship Series for the first time since 1981 when they were the Montreal Expos. Howie Kendrick leads the Nationals with five hits and five RBI while Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon have combined for 13 hits and five RBI. Anibal Sanchez gets the ball, and he was 11-8 with a 3.85 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 2-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming off a five-game series against the Atlanta Braves, and they scored 13 runs in their comfortable victory Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and have won 11 of their last 16 games when scoring more than one run. The 10 runs the Cardinals scored in the first inning of game five was the biggest opening inning in postseason history. The St. Louis Cardinals are in the NLCS for the first time since 2014. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with nine hits and two RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong have combined for 14 hits and nine RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he was 9-14 with a 4.16 ERA and 144 strikeouts this season. Mikolas is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and two strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Nationals are 9-2 in their last 11 games following a win, 12-5 in their last 17 games following an off day and 36-16 in their last 52 overall. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 League Championship home games, 21-9 in their last 30 home games and 7-3 in their last 10 Friday games. The Nationals are 15-37 in the last 52 meetings in St. Louis and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 7-2 in Cardinals last 9 overall. The under is 4-1 in Nationals last 5 playoff road games.
Sanchez has allowed 31 hits and 15 earned runs in his last 36 innings, and he has a 3.48 EA and .224 allowed batting average on the road. Mikolas has allowed 31 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 35.2 innings, and he has a 3.01 ERA and .247 allowed batting average at home. The pitching matchup for me is a wash, as I'm not putting my postseason future on the line with either of these guys. I do think the Washington Nationals are the better team in this series, but in game one and with both clubs coming off emotional game five victories, the Cardinals probably have the edge in the beginning being at home. I'll side with the Cardinals drawing first blood.