Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals 8/16/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs. Jack Flaherty
The Washington Nationals head to Busch Stadium on Thursday, August 16, 2018 to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The expected starting pitchers are Tanner Roark for the Nationals and Jack Flaherty for the Cardinals.
The odds for this matchup have Washington at +127 and St. Louis at -137. The Nationals have a 51-66-3 over/under mark and a 59-61-0 run line record. The Cardinals are 56-64-0 against the run line and have a 56-58-6 over/under record.
Valuable Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 51-66-3 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 59-61-0 against the run line
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 56-58-6 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 56-64-0 against the run line
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
08/15/18 P Ryan Madson Back 10-day DL (08/14)
08/14/18 LF Howie Kendrick Ankle is out for season
08/08/18 Kelvin Herrera Shoulder 10-day DL (08/08)
07/26/18 P Stephen Strasburg Neck 10-day DL (07/22)
07/10/18 P Sean Doolittle Toe 10-day DL (07/07)
07/05/18 P Erick Fedde Oblique 60-day DL (07/05)
06/12/18 SS Adrian Sanchez Undisclosed 10-day DL (06/12)
04/21/18 P Matt Grace Groin 10-day DL (04/21)
04/19/18 C Jhonatan Solano Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
03/30/18 P Joaquin Benoit Forearm 60-day DL (03/28)
03/30/18 P Koda Glover Shoulder 60-day DL (03/28)
03/26/18 P Joe Ross Elbow 60-day DL (02/21)
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
08/12/18 P Luke Weaver Finger is "?" for his next start
08/11/18 SS Yairo Munoz Wrist 10-day DL (08/11)
08/04/18 CF Dexter Fowler Foot 10-day DL (08/04)
07/31/18 P Luke Gregerson Shoulder 60-day DL (07/26)
07/28/18 P Brett Cecil Foot 10-day DL (07/23)
06/30/18 P Alex Reyes Side 60-day DL (06/30)
06/20/18 P Matt Bowman Blister 10-day DL (06/20)
06/20/18 P Michael Wacha Oblique 10-day DL (06/20)
05/15/18 P Adam Wainwright Elbow 60-day DL (05/14)
05/07/18 P Dominic Leone Arm 60-day DL (05/06)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 60-60 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Tanner Roark has a 7-12 record with an earned run average of 4.12 and a WHIP of 1.28 this year. He has 125 strikeouts over his 144.1 innings pitched and he's given up 140 hits. He allows 8.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.01. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.85 and they have given up 338 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the bullpen and they've struck out 359 hitters and walked 123 batters. As a team, Washington allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.88. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 975 base hits and 461 earned runs. They have allowed 139 home runs this season, ranking them 14th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 338 batters and struck out 1,054. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 3.97.
As a team Washington is hitting .250, good for 14th in the league. The Nationals hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Bryce Harper is hitting .236 with an on-base percentage of .378. He has 96 hits this season in 406 at bats with 74 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .507 and an OPS+ of 131. Trea Turner is hitting .269 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .340. He has totaled 130 hits and he has driven in 49 men in 484 at bats. His OPS+ is 96 while his slugging percentage is at .409. The Nationals have 1,016 hits, including 195 doubles and 144 home runs. Washington has walked 444 times so far this season and they have struck out 968 times as a unit. They have left 850 men on base and have a team OPS of .742. They score 4.59 runs per contest and have scored a total of 551 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 65-55 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.22, Jack Flaherty has a 6-6 record and a 1.08 WHIP this season. He has 127 strikeouts over the 103.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 76 hits. He allows 6.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.89. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.30 and they have given up 404 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 378 batters and walked 173 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.78. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 982 base knocks and 454 earned runs this season. They have given up 106 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 412 hitters and struck out 976 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 3.93.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 11th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Marcell Ozuna comes into this matchup batting .273 with an OBP of .316. He has 125 hits this year along with 63 RBI in 458 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .395 with an OPS+ of 93. Matt Carpenter is hitting .277 this season and he has an OBP of .389. He has collected 116 hits in 419 at bats while driving in 68 runs. He has an OPS+ of 164 and a slugging percentage of .592. The Cardinals as a unit have 1,034 base hits, including 181 doubles and 153 homers. St. Louis has walked 395 times this year and they have struck out on 995 occasions. They have had 834 men left on base and have an OPS of .736. They have scored 4.57 runs per game and totaled 548 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals +127
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