St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals - 10/14/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Louis Cardinals (94-75) at Washington Nationals (99-71)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:38 pm (Nationals Park)
Jack Flaherty (12-9) (2.75) vs. Stephen Strasburg (20-6) (3.25)
The Line: Washington Nationals -125 / St. Louis Cardinals +115 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals will meet up for Game 3 of the NLCS in MLB activity on Monday.
The Nationals are up 2-0 in this best-of-seven series. Washington took a 2-0 shutout victory in Game 1 on Friday, then came back with another shutdown performance Saturday courtesy of a 3-1 victory.
In Game 3, the Cardinals will roll with Jack Flaherty in the start. This season, Flaherty posted 196.1 innings with an 11-8 record, a 2.75 ERA, 231 strikeouts and 55 walks.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they’re going with Stephen Strasburg in the start Monday. Over 209.0 innings and an 18-6 record this year, Strasburg put up a 3.32 ERA with 251 Ks and 56 walks.
The Cardinals are 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 38-17 in their last 55 Monday games. St. Louis is 2-7 in their last nine playoff road games and 0-5 in their last five NLCS games.
Meanwhile, the Nats are 4-0 in the last four playoff games and 11-2 in their last 13 after a win. Washington is 7-2 in their last nine Monday games and 5-1 in Strasburg’s last six Monday starts.
Flaherty has been rock solid lately, and he’s got a nice streak of quality starts going. In two starts versus the Braves in the NLDS, he posted four earned runs with 13.0 innings and 12 hits. Flaherty got zero run support in his October 4 start and had to take a loss, but realistically the damage was kept to a minimum and there’s not much to complain about there.
There’s one caveat to the Cardinals getting back into this series. They simply have to plate more runs. St. Louis has been solid on defense but can’t complement things on the other side. Losing both opening games at Busch certainly doesn’t help matters. That said, I am hesitantly going to take the Cardinals here behind Flaherty. I have no confidence in St. Louis’ ability to score, but he should keep things within reach here while they wait for an aberration. I’m going Cardinals, but I don’t like it.