St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals NLCS Game 2 - 10/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Nationals (97-71) at St. Louis Cardinals (94-73)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 4:08 pm (Busch Stadium)
Max Scherzer (12-7) (2.91) vs. Adam Wainwright (14-10) (3.96)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +125 / Washington Nationals -135 --- Over/Under: 7
The Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals will meet up for Game 2 of their NLCS series in MLB action Saturday.
In Game 1 of this set on Friday evening, Anibal Sanchez was the star of the show, tossing 7.2 innings with one hit, one walk and five strikeouts. Washington would go on to get a tense 2-0 win despite out-hitting the Cardinals 10-1.
For Saturday’s game, the Nationals will send out Max Scherzer to start. Over 172.1 innings and an 11-7 record in the regular season, Scherzer put up a 2.92 ERA with 243 Ks and 33 BBs.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re going with Adam Wainwright in the start Saturday. Wainwright went 171.2 innings with a 14-10 record this year, posting a 4.19 ERA with 153 Ks and 64 walks.
The Nationals are 5-1 in Scherzer’s last six Saturday starts and 14-3 in his last 17 starts. Washington is 36-15 in Scherzer’s last 51 road starts and the under is 5-1-1 in his last seven on the road.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games and 13-4 in Wainwright’s last 17 starts. St. Louis is 50-23 in Wainwright’s last 73 home starts and 1-4 in his last five versus the NL East.
Scherzer appeared in two games versus the Dodgers, posting a one-inning hold with three strikeouts, then a great win with 7.0 innings, four hits and one earned run back on Monday.
As for Wainwright, he was in vintage form in Game 3 against the Braves, tossing 7.2 innings of shutout ball. The main appeal of him starting here is his 2.56 ERA in 16 home starts this season.
I’m not thrilled with the Cardinals’ offensive consistency these days—I don’t think anyone is—but Wainwright is as solid of a starter they could hope to put out in this situation. With the at-home push, I’m going St. Louis in a nail-biter here.