Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 10/14/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 10/14/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

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 -128 / St. Louis Cardinals +113 --- Over/Under: 7.5

TV: TBS

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals meet in game three of the NLCS from Nationals Park on Monday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to get back in the series after falling down 0-2 in the series at home with a 3-1 loss in game two on Saturday. Jose Martinez had a double and an RBI while Paul DeJong and Paul Goldschmidt each had a base hit as the Cards cranked out just three hits as a team in the losing effort. Adam Wainwright took the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out 11 over 7.1 innings of work. Jack Flaherty will start game three and is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 16 strikeouts this postseason. This will be Flaherty’s second career start against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to take a stranglehold on the series after winning the first two games of the series on the road with Saturday’s win. Adam Eaton had a double and two RBIs while Michael A. Taylor had a solo home run to round out Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Trea Turner went 2 for 4 at the dish while Anthony Rendon and Matt Adams each added a base hit to finish off Washington’s offense in the victory. Max Scherzer got the win after throwing seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit while striking out 11. Daniel Hudson closed things out for his 1st save. Stephen Strasburg will start game three and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts this postseason. In his career, Strasburg is 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA and 58 strikeouts against St. Louis.

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I understand the temptation of ST. Louis and plus money given Flaherty’s form in the second half of the season as well as the fact that this is pretty much a must-win for the Cardinals here. However, I’m not sure how anyone can back St. Louis with how the Cardinals have looked in the first two games of the series, recording just one run and four hits and going up against Strasburg isn’t going to help matters as the Nationals have won his last five starts and Strasburg himself has allowed three runs or less in each of his last ten starts. I just think Washington and the low line has to be the play here given what we’ve seen in the first two games of the series.

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Chris’s Pick Washington -128

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