Coming off a Game 1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, the Washington Nationals are looking to stay hot with a third straight win when they take on the Cards tonight in Game 2 of their three-game MLB online betting series.
A Look at the St. Louis at Washington Game 2 MLB Betting Odds Preview & TV Info
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 7:05 PM ET
TV: ESPN/ WATCH ESPN/ FSN-MW/ MASN
Pitching Matchup: St Louis’ John Lackey (1-0 with a 2.77 ERA) vs. Washington’s Doug Fister (1-0 with a 0.69 ERA)
Opening Line: Washington -129
Despite starting their year on a dismaying 2-6 run, the Washington Nationals have seemingly found their way back to the Major Leagues, winning 5 of their last 6 games to get back to .500 with a 7-7 record for the season. After allowing just 2 runs in their last 2 games and 3-or-less runs in 4 of their last 5 games, the Nationals will be hoping for another strong defensive showing this Wednesday, as they 6-2 this season in games that they have allowed 3-or-less runs.
In the offensive department, Ian Desmond leads the Nats with 17 hits and 5 RBIs, while Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman have combined for 19 RBIs. With Doug Fister taking to the hill for his second career game St. Louis, the onus will be for leadership to be provided by other Washington veterans.
Like the Nats, the Cards are also coming into this game on the back of a 5-of-6 winning run, with their last defeat being the Tuesday 2-1 loss to Washington on Tuesday. As had been the case in their previous 5 games where they allowed 2-or-less runs, the Cards allowed only 2 runs to the Nationals yesterday. Unfortunately for them, their good pitching performance was not enough to earn them a win, bring down their record to 10 wins in the last 13 regular-season games when they’ve allowed 3-or-less runs.
Even so, St. Louis players will be happy with the fact that they kept yesterday’s scores very low, which should motivate them for a stronger game in Wednesday’s class. In their attack, Matt Carpenter leads the team with 19 hits and 10 RBIs, while the combination of Jhonny Peralta and Matt Holliday has totaled for 14 RBIs. After an indifferent start to his season, John Lackey will take to the hill for St Louis, with the hope of leading the team to a win.
Key Online Betting Trends
• St. Louis is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games
• Washington is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
• St. Louis is 12-2-1 SU in its last 15 games against Washington
• Washington is 2-6-1 SU in its last 9 home games against St. Louis
• 5 of the Washington’s 7 wins this season have come at home
• 3 of the St. Louis’ 4 losses this season have come on the road
• Lackey is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season
• Doug Fister is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season
• Lackey is 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against Washington
• The UNDER is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings between St Louis and Washington
Writer’s Betting Prediction
St. Louis ekes out a close road win over Washington as Lackey delivers a superior pitching performance than Fister, with an UNDER in the game’s total.