Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Monday, August 31st, 2015. At 8:15 PM EST.
The (66-63) Washington Nationals of the National League East Division takes the trip to the “SHOW ME STATE”. For the game-one of a three-day set. Washington takes on the (83-46) St.Louis Cardinals of the NL Central in 2015 Major League Baseball action. The teams will play at Busch Stadium in St.Louis, Missouri. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Washington Nationals must keep their focus and poise as we head down the stretch of the MLB regular season. The Nationals are behind the Mets in the division and on the edge in the wild-card race. The St.Louis Cardinals organization is the model of consistency and will get into the postseason again in 2015. The opening betting line has St.Louis as a -150 Home Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is seven runs for Monday’s game. Read more on our Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers game-three write-up.
The 2015 Washington Nationals have won three of their last four baseball contests. Washington is second in the NL East, five and a half behind the Mets. The Nationals are 29-37 on the road in 2015 and 12-17 vs. The NL Central.
*Right Fielder Bryce Harper is the team leader in all five major batting categories.
*Starting Pitcher, Max Scherzer has a rotation-best 2.88 ERA, eleven victories and has two hundred and nine strikeouts.
*Relief Pitcher Dew Storen leads the staff with twenty-nine saves.
*Notable injuries: Second Baseman Dan Uggla is on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms.
*Washington returns to the “NATIONS CAPITAL” on September 3rd, hosting Atlanta.
*Washington is 2-7 their last nine MLB games on the road.
*Washington is only 7-19 the last twenty-six between the teams.
*The Washington Nationals are 6-4 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total five times, staying under the betting odds total four times with a push.
*The Washinton Nationals will send “LEFTY” Gio Gonzalez, (9-7) with a 4.11 ERA to the hill. The 6’0″ 200 pounds Miami, Florida native, pitched 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs his last outing. A 6-5 home loss to Dan Diego on August 26th.
*The Washington Nationals are 12/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Title.
The 2015 St.Louis Cardinals are “RED HOT” and are playing San Francisco on August 30th. St.Louis is on top in the Division, four games in front of Pittsburgh. The Cardinals are 46-19 at home this season and 18-8 vs. The NL East.
*Third Baseman Matt Carpenter leads the batting order with nineteen home runs, sixty-eight RBI’S, a .358 on-base percentage.
*Shortstop Jhonny Peralta has a team-best one hundred and thirty-four hits.
*The St.Louis offense has a .392 slugging percentage.
*Starting Pitcher Michael Wacha has a rotation-best fifteen wins and a 2.69 earned run average.
*The St.Louis pitching staff has a 2.63 team ERA.
*The Cardinals will begin a road trip on September 10th in Cincinnati.
*Notable injury: Center Fielder Jon Jay is on the 15-day disabled list with a bad wrist.
*The betting odds over the total are 5-2-3 St. Louis last ten overall.
*The betting odds under the total are 12-2-2 the last sixteen between the teams.
*The St.Louis Cardinals are 7-3 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total five times, staying under the betting odds total three times with two pushes.
*The St.Louis Cardinals will have Right Hander John Lackey. Who is (11-8) with a 2.92 earned run average on the pitchers mound for game one. The Abilene, Texas native threw seven innings, giving up seven hits and a run his last start on August 26th, a 3-1 win at Arizona.
*Bovada.Lv lists the St.Louis Cardinals at 3/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Crown.
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