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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals

July 8, 2024

The St. Louis Cardinals get set to take on the Washington Nationals in the second game of a three-game set Monday inside Nationals Park from Washington, District of Columbia. They toss out the first pitch at 4:05 pm for an excellent early evening start. Bookmaker has installed the Cardinals as -105 on the ML


Washington Nationals Betting Preview


The Nationals do not get extra wiggle room because they play in a competitive NL East division. The Nationals are trying to chase the front-running Philadelphia Phillies, but no team will catch them in the division. 


Washington is trying to stay within striking distance of the NL Wild Card, but they need to get on a run and win some games. They need first to get back to .500, and then maybe they can start having the conversation about making the playoffs. The Nationals won three out of four overall as they entered play on Sunday. 


On offense, they are led by 23-year-old shortstop CJ Abrams, who has cracked 14 home runs this season. 


They did get a homer over the weekend from top prospect James Wood in a 14-6 win over the Cardinals on Saturday. He ended with a career-high five RBI. 


He clubbed 18 all of last season, and he is well on his way to smashing his career-high and is on pace to hit at least 35 plus this season. He has shown he is a clear leader on a team that does not have many of them. The Nationals will toss out 24-year-old Mitchell Parker, who sports a record of 5-4 to go along with an ERA of 3.61 on the season. He has fanned 68 hitters in 84.2 innings of work. 


St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview


The Cardinals have played well this season. They have shown they can win close games and come from behind to win some games. They are a handful of games over .500 and within striking distance of the front-running Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. 


St. Louis has a solid offense and some sluggers in its lineup. It is led by second baseman Nolan Gorman, who has hit a team-high 17 home runs this season. He has also driven in 43 runs, but he is only hitting .202. 


The Cardinals are batting .242 as a team this season, and they hope to increase that average to over .260. They also need to learn how to play small ball, and they have done a decent job of backing their starting staff.


They will send out veteran hurler Miles Mikolas, who has a record of 6-7 with a rough 5.19 ERA this season. He last earned a win on June 22, and the Cardinals are hoping he can go more than six-plus innings in this one. 


Game Odds, Series Trends, and Free Pick 


The Nationals are 3-2 in their last five games and 4-1 in their previous five games against the spread. They are also 27-20 in their road games against the number. The totals have gone over in three out of their last five games and 19 out of their last 42 at home. The Cardinals are 3-2 in their previous five games and 1-4 in their last five games against the spread. The Cardinals are also 18-28 in their road games against the spread.


Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -105