Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals - 10/11/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Nationals (97-71) at St. Louis Cardinals (94-73)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8:08 pm (Busch Stadium)
Anibal Sanchez (11-8) (3.85) vs. Miles Mikolas (9-14) (4.16)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -120 / Washington Nationals +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals will meet up for Game 1 of the NLCS in MLB action on Friday.
The Nationals are coming out of an NLDS versus the Dodgers that went five games. Washington lost Games 1 and 3 but were able to send the series to a decisive matchup with a 6-1 win back on Monday in Game 4. In Game 5 on Wednesday, the Nationals triumphed on a 10th-inning grand slam to take an epic 7-3 victory and reach the league championship.
For the NLCS Game 1, the Nationals will send out Anibal Sanchez in the start. Sanchez went 11-8 with a 3.85 ERA and 134 Ks this year.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they had an equally crazy five-game NLDS of their own. St. Louis took one-run victories in Games 1 and 4, pushing the series to Game 5 on Wednesday. The Cardinals went off in the first inning of that one for a whopping 10 runs, jumping out 13-0 after three innings. St. Louis would cruise to a 13-1 win there for an NLCS berth.
In Game 1 Friday, the Cardinals will roll out Miles Mikolas as starter. Mikolas was 9-14 with a 4.16 ERA and 144 Ks this season.
The Nationals are 11-2 in their last 13 versus a team with a winning record and 9-2 in their last 11 after a win. Washington is 15-4 in their last 19 versus the NL Central and 6-2 in their last eight Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 4-1 in their last five in game six of a series and 21-9 in their last 30 home games. St. Louis is 7-3 in their last 10 Friday games and 1-4 in their last five NLCS games.
Sanchez had a nice outing in the NLDS, with five innings of one-run ball alongside nine strikeouts in Game 3. Mikolas posted one run over five innings in his NLDS Game 1 start, so both pitchers come in strong here. With the advantage at home though I have to go with the surging Cardinals as the Game 1 favorites, so long as they can get that offense going again.