St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

When: Wednesday, May 1st at 7:05 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Cardinals TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120 AM. Nationals TV/Radio: MASN, WJFK 106.7 FM.

Team Notes

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have been cruising through the first 27 games of 2019 with 17 wins and a firm hold on first place in the NL Central.

Through 11 road games, the Cardinals have hit .258 with a whopping 23 homers.

The Cardinals are 7-1 to win the NL and 15-1 to win the World Series.

Washington Nationals

Despite their solid rotation, the Nationals have struggled to stay above .500 this season.

Through their first 13 home games, Washington has only won five of those games while hitting just .244.

The Nationals currently have 8-1 odds to win the National League and 18-1 to take the World Series.

Pitcher Notes

Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (2-2, 5.29 ERA)

After a breakout 2018, Mikolas has regressed to begin 2019 with a brutal 5.29 ERA.

The Cardinals starter has seen his last year’s strikeout rate plummet with 19 Ks in 34 innings this season.

  • On the road this year, batters are hitting .302 against Mikolas.
  • Known for his control, Mikolas has allowed 34 hits and 8 walks in his 34 innings this year.
  • One bright spot: Righties are only hitting .227 this year off the Cardinals starter.

Nationals: Max Scherzer (1-3, 4.12 ERA)

The Nationals have won just one of Scherzer’s six starts this season.

The right-handed power pitcher threw seven innings in his last start against the Padres, giving up two earned runs and four hits while striking out ten.

  • Scherzer has allowed a .257 batting average to opposing hitters this season.
  • Despite the bad luck with wins, the Nats righty has a 1.12 WHIP in 2019.
  • Scherzer has thrown over 100 pitches in four of six 2019 starts.

Hitter Notes

St. Louis Cardinals

Against right-handed pitchers, the Cards are hitting .283 with 33 homers.

On the year, the Cards have hit an impressive 51 doubles in their 27 games.

  • OF Marcell Ozuna is 7 for 30 against Scherzer with two homers and four RBI.
  • Against the Nats right-hander, OF Dexter Fowler is a rough 4 for 24 with 12 strikeouts.
  • Off the bench, UTIL Jedd Gyorko is 2 for 8 against the Nats starter.

Washington Nationals

This season, the Nationals have hit 41 homers in 27 games, good for a 1.52 homers per game rate.

Against right-handers, the Nats have hit .248 with 26 homers this season.

  • 3B Anthony Rendon is 3 for 6 against Mikolas with one walk and one double.
  • OF Adam Eaton is 3 for 8 versus Mikolas with one double and one RBI.
  • OF Juan Soto is 2 for 6 against the Cards’ righty with one RBI and two strikeouts.

Roster Notes

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Carlos Martinez will return as a relief pitcher when his rehab is complete from a strained shoulder.
  • Michael Wacha’s bad knee is healing but he’ll need a few more weeks before he can start a rehab stint.
  • Brett Cecil is on the 60-day IL after Carpal Tunnel surgery. His return is scheduled for All-Star Break.

Washington Nationals

  • Trea Turner is close to beginning throwing and batting practice in his rehab from a broken finger.
  • Ryan Zimmerman is recovering from plantar fasciitis and was placed on 10-day IL.
  • Trevor Rosenthal is on the 10-day IL with a nasty viral infection.

Game Odds

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