Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Tuesday April 21st, 2015. At 7:05 PM EST.
The (8-3) St.Louis Cardinals of the National League Central Division will travel to the “NATIONS CAPITAL” for a three-game set. St.Louis will play the (6-7) Washington Nationals of the National League East in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at beautiful Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the St.Louis Cardinals are still the team to beat in the Central. Washington is the odds-on favorite to win the 2015 Eastern Conference but are off to a sluggish start. The opening betting line has Washington as a -120 home favorite; the betting total is seven runs for Tuesday’s game.
The 2015 StLouis Cardinals have won seven of eight baseball games, including a three-game weekend sweep of Cincinnati. The Cardinals are in first place in the NL Central, two games in front of the second place Cubs. Third Baseman Matt Carpenter is batting .400 which leads the team. Carpenter is also has a team-leading 10 RBI’S with two home runs and eighteen hits. Left Fielder Matt Holliday has a .467 on-base percentage. Free Agent Jason Heyward is off to a slow start but will come around as the season progresses. St.Louis returns to the “SHOW ME STATE” on Monday April 27th for an eleven game homestand. Right Hander Lance Lynn will be on the pitcher’s mound for the first game of the 2015 MLB Predictions series in the Nations Capital. Lynn is (1-0) with a 1.64 ERA. The Mississippi native went five innings giving up six hit and a run in his last outing in a win on April 15th. The betting odds under the total are 20-8 Lynn last twenty-eight starts. The Cardinals are 16-5 the last twenty-one games between the teams. Sportsbooks in Las Vegas and offshore has the St.Louis Cardinals at 6/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Pennant.
The 2015 Washington Nationals have won four of their last five. The Nationals beat Philadelphia 4-1 on Sunday April 19th, taking two of three vs. The Phillies. Washington is in third place in the NL East, four games behind the first-place New York Mets. Shortstop Ian Desmond has a team-leading .314 batting average and sixteen hits. All Star Bryce Harper is the team leader with a .411 on-base percentage and has four home runs. First Baseman Ryan Zimmerman has eleven RBI’S which leads all Washington batters. Washington begins a long road trip starting on Friday April 24th in Miami. Third Baseman Anthony Rendon is on the 15-day disabled list nursing a knee injury. Washington native Denard Span is back in the lineup, and his presence will improve the team on both offense and defense. The Washington Nationals will send Left Hander Gio Gonzalez to the hill for game one. Gonzalez is (1-1) this season with a 5.11 ERA. The Florida native is entering his fourth season in the “BELTWAY”. The leftie gave up six hit and five runs in six inning in a 10-5 win at Boston on April 15th. The betting odds over the total are 6-1-1 Washington last eight baseball games overall. The betting odds under the total are 10-1-2 the last thirteen meetings between the teams. The Washington Nationals are 8/1 to win the 2015 World Series Title.