|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBIt has been 79 years since our nations capital has hosted a MLB playoff game. That will come to an end when the St. Louis Cardinals pay a visit to DC to meet the Washington Nationals this afternoon. The first pitch of postseason play in almost 8 decades will be thrown at 1:07 PM ET in Nationals Park. Don't tune to TBS however, as this one will be telecast across the country on the MLB Network.
This best of 5 series is tied at 1 game apiece entering today's action. Washington won its first ever playoff game under the Nationals moniker 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, courtesy of a Tyler Moore blooper scoring 2 runs in the top of the eighth. On Monday the Cardinals came storming back in a convincing 12-4 victory. Carlos Beltran had 2 roundtrippers for the Cards in that one.
Today's pitching matchup finds two righthanders squaring off. Chris Carpenter (0-2, 3.71 ERA), who only pitched 17 innings for St. Louis all season after returning from a nerve damage issue, gets the nod from manager Mike Matheny. The Nationals will counter with Edwin Jackson (10-11, 4.03 ERA). Against right-handed pitchers, the Cardinals are 57-57 overall, and 5-3 in their last 10 games. Also against righties, the Nationals are 69-45 overall, and 5-3 in their last 10 games.
The Cardinals are 14-5 SU in their last 19 games, and 5-1 SU in their last 6 on the road. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 6 games, and UNDER in 6 of their last 9 on the road. The Nationals are 17-8 SU in their last 25 games at home. The total has gone OVER in 8 of their last 12 games, and UNDER in 4 of their last 5.
Between these two teams, the Cardinals are 4-8 SU against the Nationals in their last 12 meetings. St. Louis is 1-8 SU in their last 9 games against the Nationals in Washington. The total has gone OVER in 10 of the last 12 meetings between them, and OVER in 6 of the last 7 meetings between the two in the nation's capital.
Washington has been installed by Bet Royal's baseball oddsmakers as a home favorite at a -$112, while St. Louis is a +$102. As the favorite, the Nationals are 73-38 overall, and 4-1 in their last 10 games. As the dog, the Cards are 19-25 overall, and 1-0 in their last 10. The over/under is 7.5 total runs on a $110/$100 moneyline.
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