Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals - 10/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals - 10/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (98-71) at St. Louis Cardinals (94-74)

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 +130 / Washington Nationals -152 --- Over/Under: 7

TV: TBS

The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals meet Saturday game two of the NLCS at Busch Stadium. 

The Washington Nationals look for another victory to take a commanding 2-0 series lead back to DC. The Nationals had a no-hitter in the eighth inning and have now won three straight playoff games, so the confidence has to be sky high right now. The Washington Nationals have allowed three or less runs in five of their seven playoff games and have won 12 straight games when allowing less than six runs. Howie Kendrick leads the Nationals with eight hits and six RBI while Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner have combined for 16 hits and eight RBI. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he was 11-7 with a 2.92 ERA and 243 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 5-5 with a 3.60 ERA and 116 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The St. Louis Cardinals need a win here to tie up the series and keep their hopes alive. The Cardinals went from scoring 13 runs in the first three innings in game five against the Braves to nearly getting no hit the very next game. The St. Louis Cardinals have now been held to one or less runs in three of their last five games, which isn’t ideal given the teams they’re going up against to potentially win a World Series. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with nine hits and two RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Tommy Edman have combined for 15 hits and seven RBI. Adam Wainwright gets the ball, and he was 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. Wainwright is 4-4 with a 2.79 ERA and 104 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Nationals are 5-1 in Scherzers last 6 Saturday starts, 14-3 in Scherzers last 17 starts and 36-15 in Scherzers last 51 road starts. The Cardinals are 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games, 21-9 in their last 30 home games and 13-4 in Wainwrights last 17 starts. The Nationals are 15-37 in the last 52 meetings in St. Louis, 2-7 in the last 9 meetings and the Cardinals are 7-1 in Wainwrights last 8 starts vs. Nationals. The under is 8-2 in Wainwrights last 10 home starts. The under is 4-1 in Scherzers last 5 starts overall.

Scherzer has allowed 34 hits and 21 runs in his last 42.2 innings, and he has a 2.64 ERA and .218 allowed batting average on the road. Wainwright has allowed 44 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 44 innings, and he has a 2.56 ERA and .253 allowed batting average at home. Wainwright has been money at home all season long and threw a gem against the Braves in 7.2 innings, but he got the loss due to the Cardinals not giving him any run support. The lack of offense with the Cards is worrisome and Scherzer on the mound doesn't help. However, we're getting plus money with a solid, veteran pitcher and the team that's at home and more desperate. I'll take it. 

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Randy’s Pick St. Louis Cardinals +130

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