Very few baseball fans get fired up about what their team does in the month of April. If history has shown us anything, it’s that you can’t always trust what you see through the opening month of the season. Teams who are supposed to be great will struggle, while others who get off to a fast start will start to head into a nosedive. The baseball season is a ridiculously long one, and while every win and loss will count towards the final standings, there is no-one getting too carried away or hitting the panic button at this point. The Washington Nationals have gone into a slump after firing out of the gate in the opening couple of weeks, while the St. Louis Cardinals are just trying to find some level of consistency. Both of these teams figure to be in the playoff hunt at the end of the season, so just watch as they eventually get rolling. These two will hook up for a matinee game on Saturday, and you can wager on it at our MyBookie.ag MLB betting lines portal.
How To Bet The Nationals vs Cardinals MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 30 at 2:15 PM EST
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Starting Pitchers: Nationals: Joe Ross (2-0) Vs Cardinals: Jaime Garcia (1-1)
TV: FS-M, MLBN
Radio: Nationals and Cardinals
Live Stream: FoxSportsGo
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Washington Nationals
As good as the start of the season was for the Washington Nationals (14-7), there were some who were quick to point out that they had a pretty favorable schedule to get things started. After going 14-4 to start the season, the Nats started to slide by being swept by the Phillies. This is not the way they would have wanted to head into a 9-game road swing that sees them play the Cardinals, Royals, and Cubs. It’s fair to say that the true measure of this team might be learned by the end of that brutal trip. The Nationals still have a half game lead in the division, but the Mets, who have won 6 in a row, are now breathing down their neck. Joe Ross (2-0, 0.54 ERA) will get the start for Washington.
Why bet on the St. Louis Cardinals
Will the real St. Louis Cardinals (12-10) team please stand up. It has been a rocky first month of the season for this Cardinals team, as they seem to go from looking brilliant one night to totally disinterested the next. There is too much talent on this team for them not to find their way, but their 5-5 record in the last 10 games is a clear indication of a true lack of consistency. This is a team that leads the league in runs scored, yet which is still sitting third in their division. With the Cubs looking like the team to beat, and the Pirates off to a good start, the Cardinals had better get in a groove soon. Jaime Garcia (1-1, 3.24 ERA) will be on the mound for the Cards.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This should be a good series, and is one that could go either way. Both of these teams can pile on the offense, but both have been a little wobbly with defense. I expect a close game here, bu like the Cardinals to edge it out.
Washington Nationals 4 St. Louis Cardinals 5