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

How to Watch

Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri.

When: Wednesday, September 18th at 1:15 PM EST

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

Team Notes

Washington Nationals

The Nationals have a slight edge in the race for a spot in the NL Wild Card game as they lead the Cubs by 1.5 games starting the week.

Washington has a 95.8% probability to make the postseason and a 7.3% chance to win the World Series title according to Baseball Reference.

The Nationals have 10-1 odds to win the NL and are 20-1 to take the World Series.

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals continues to lead in the NL Central as the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers fight for the final National League Wild Card spot.

St. Louis has a 91.0% chance to make the postseason and a 9.4% possibility to take the World Series crown.

The Cardinals have 7-1 odds to win the National League and 16-1 to take the World Series crown.

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Pitcher Notes

Nationals: Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.65 ERA)

Scherzer hasn’t been the same dominant pitcher since returning from injury on August 22nd, but his ERA over his five appearances is 3.55 ERA.

  • In his last start, Scherzer allowed three runs in five innings in a 5-0 loss to Atlanta.
  • The Nats’ righty has kept his high strikeout rate since returning, striking out 33 batters in 25.1 innings.
  • Scherzer has allowed four homers in the five appearances, a lower HR rate than his career rate.

St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (12-9, 4.00 ERA)

The 38-year old righty has been very solid recently, with the Cardinals winning six of his last seven starts.

  • In his last start, Wainwright threw six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits to the Brewers.
  • Wainwright has allowed just one run over the 20 innings he’s thrown in September.
  • The Cards’ starter has struck out just 11 hitters in his last 20 innings.

Hitter Notes

Washington Nationals

The Nationals have slumped in September after putting together three straight terrific months. The Nats’ offense is still scoring over five runs per contest during the month.

  • OF Adam Eaton is 5 for 7 against Wainwright with one homer and three RBI.
  • OF Juan Soto is 1 for 3 against the righty with one strikeout.
  • 3B Anthony Rendon is 1 for 13 lifetime with two strikeouts versus Wainwright.

St. Louis Cardinals

Through Sunday, the Cardinals are scoring five runs per game in September with 20 homers for the month.

  • OF Marcell Ozuna is 10 for 33 off the Nats’ ace with two homers and five RBI.
  • OF Dexter Fowler is 4 for 24 against Scherzer in his career with three RBI and 12 strikeouts.
  • 1B Paul Goldschmidt is 2 for 22 versus the right-hander with 12 strikeouts.

Roster Notes

Washington Nationals

  • SP Joe Ross’ forearm soreness has him sidelined and out of the Nats’ rotation.
  • C Kurt Suzuki has inflammation in his right elbow and will miss an undetermined amount of time.
  • 1B Matt Adams is nursing a sprained AC joint that has forced him to miss a few games.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • RP Carlos Martinez has an upper respiratory illness but should return soon.
  • C Matt Wieters has a strained left calf and will miss an undetermined amount of time.
  • 1B Matt Carpenter has played sporadically over the past few weeks and has been reduced to a part-time player.

Game Odds Nationals vs Cardinals

Moneyline

SportsbookNationalsCardinals
888Sport NJ-175+128
DraftKings-167+148
Unibet NJ-175+143

Total Runs

Sportsbook Over

7.5

 Under

7.5

888Sport NJ-106-114
DraftKings-106-114
Unibet NJ-106-114

Run Line

SportsbookNationals

-1.5

Cardinals

+1.5

888Sport NJ+104-125
DraftKings+106-124
Unibet NJ+104-125

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