St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals MLB Game Picks 5/2/2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Get todays MLB odds and lines on this game.
Probable Pitchers: Dakota Hudson vs. Stephen Strasburg
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Nationals Park on Thursday, May 2, 2019 to play the Washington Nationals. The probable starters are Dakota Hudson for the Cardinals and Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals.
The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at +145 and Washington at -155. The Cardinals have a 16-10-3 over/under record and a 19-10-0 run line mark. The Nationals are 11-17-0 against the run line and have a 17-10-1 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 16-10-3 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 19-10-0 against the run line
Important Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 17-10-1 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 11-17-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
04/17/19 P Mike Mayers Shoulder 10-day IL (04/16)
03/27/19 P Brett Cecil Arm 60-day IL (03/28)
03/27/19 P Carlos Martinez Shoulder 10-day IL (03/25)
03/27/19 RF Justin Williams Hand 10-day IL (03/25)
03/27/19 P Luke Gregerson Shoulder 10-day IL (03/25)
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
04/30/19 3B Anthony Rendon Elbow 10-day IL (04/27)
04/28/19 1B Ryan Zimmerman Plantar Fasciitis 10-day IL (04/28)
04/27/19 P Koda Glover Elbow 60-day IL
04/26/19 P Trevor Rosenthal Infection 10-day IL (04/26)
04/20/19 P Austen Williams Undisclosed 10-day IL (04/20)
04/02/19 SS Trea Turner Finger 10-day IL (04/03)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 19-10 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Dakota Hudson has a 2-1 record with an earned run average of 5.63 and a WHIP of 1.92 this season. He has 19 strikeouts over his 24 innings pitched and he's given up 33 hits. He's allowed 12.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 7.49. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.70 and they have given up 67 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .177 against the bullpen and they've struck out 124 hitters and walked 53 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 222 base hits and 121 earned runs. They have allowed 53 home runs this season, ranking them 2nd in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 111 batters and struck out 261. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 5.21.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .267, good for 2nd in the league. The Cardinals hold a .450 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .347, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.0 hits per game. Paul DeJong is hitting .342 with an on-base percentage of .403. He has 40 hits this season in 117 at bats with 13 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .607 and an OPS+ of 167. Kolten Wong is hitting .272 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .398. He has totaled 25 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 92 at bats. His OPS+ is 133 while his slugging percentage is at .467. The Cardinals have 262 hits, including 54 doubles and 40 home runs. St. Louis has walked 110 times so far this season and they have struck out 248 times as a unit. They have left 210 men on base and have a team OPS of .797. They score 5.45 runs per contest and have scored a total of 158 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Washington has a 12-16 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.82, Stephen Strasburg has a 2-1 record and a 1.01 WHIP. He has 48 strikeouts over the 37.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 28 hits. He's allowing 6.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.43. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.95 and they have given up 88 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the Nationals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 92 batters and walked 42 opposing hitters. As a team, Washington allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 10 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.95. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 245 base knocks and 138 earned runs this season. They have given up 35 home runs this year, which ranks 20th in Major League Baseball. Washington as a staff has walked 95 hitters and struck out 278 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.00.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 14th in the league. The Nationals hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Juan Soto comes into this matchup batting .248 with an OBP of .368. He has 26 hits this year along with 22 RBI in 105 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .467 with an OPS+ of 116. Adam Eaton is hitting .296 this season and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 34 hits in 115 at bats while driving in 9 runs. He has an OPS+ of 98 and a slugging percentage of .400. The Nationals as a unit have 242 base hits, including 47 doubles and 43 homers. Washington has walked 103 times this year and they have struck out on 283 occasions. They have had 197 men left on base and have an OPS of .768. They have scored 5.11 runs per game and totaled 143 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Nationals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Nationals -155
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Guy Bruhn
Get all of Today's MLB Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert MLB Picks