Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Picks 9/16/2019
Monday, September 16, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Stephen Strasburg vs. Dakota Hudson
Busch Stadium is the venue where Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals (83-65, 1st in NL Central) will play the Washington Nationals (81-66, 2nd in NL East) on Monday. The Cardinals open this matchup at +105 while the Nationals are priced at -115. The total opens at 8.
The Nationals have been a great option for bettors, having gone 81-66-0 SU. St. Louis is covering 56.1% of the time, going 83-65-0 straight up.
Valuable Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Nationals have been a hot and cold Under bet for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 69-70-8.
Washington is covering 53.3% of the time as the visitor, having gone 40-35-0 straight up.
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St. Louis is covering 63.5% of the time at Busch Stadium, going 47-27-0 SU.
The Cardinals have been a less than ideal Over bet for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 61-79-8.
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
9/14/2019 Matt Adams 1B Triceps Probable for Sep 15
9/14/2019 Joe Ross RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/14/2019 Kurt Suzuki C Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/10/2019 Koda Glover RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/7/2019 Roenis Elias RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 27
9/4/2019 Austen Williams RP Shoulder Out for the season
8/30/2019 Jonny Venters RP Shoulder Out for the season
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/13/2019 Matt Wieters C Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/1/2019 Lane Thomas CF Wrist Out for the season
8/21/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/11/2019 Jordan Hicks RP Elbow Out for the season
6/26/2019 Tony Cingrani RP Shoulder Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 81-66 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has a 17-6 record with an earned run average of 3.49 and a WHIP of 1.05 this season. He has 229 strikeouts over his 191 innings pitched and he's given up 151 hits. He's allowed 7.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.22. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.94 and they have given up 491 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the bullpen and they've struck out 457 hitters and walked 206 batters. As a team, Washington allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.4. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 1,245 base hits and 638 earned runs. They have allowed 186 home runs this season, ranking them 24th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 477 batters and struck out 1,368. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.19.
As a team Washington is hitting .263, good for 7th in the league. The Nationals hold a .454 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 9.0 hits per game. Juan Soto is hitting .295 with an on-base percentage of .405. He has 148 hits this season in 501 at bats with 105 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .577 and an OPS+ of 145. Anthony Rendon is hitting .331 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .414. He has totaled 167 hits and he has driven in 118 men in 504 at bats. His OPS+ is 158 while his slugging percentage is at .625. The Nationals have 1,318 hits, including 272 doubles and 212 home runs. Washington has walked 517 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,195 times as a unit. They have left 1,008 men on base and have a team OPS of .793. They score 5.33 runs per contest and have scored a total of 784 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 83-65 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.38, Dakota Hudson has a 15-7 record and a 1.41 WHIP. He has 123 strikeouts over the 159.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 150 hits. He's allowing 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.96. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 391 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 554 batters and walked 207 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,151 base knocks and 552 earned runs this season. They have given up 172 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 494 hitters and struck out 1,286 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.26 while their FIP as a staff is 4.23.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 20th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .261 with an OBP of .343. He has 142 hits this year along with 89 RBI in 545 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .473 with an OPS+ of 112. Paul DeJong is hitting .241 this season and he has an OBP of .321. He has collected 129 hits in 536 at bats while driving in 72 runs. He has an OPS+ of 99 and a slugging percentage of .446. The Cardinals as a unit have 1,223 base hits, including 230 doubles and 185 homers. St. Louis has walked 496 times this year and they have struck out on 1,248 occasions. They have had 998 men left on base and have an OPS of .735. They have scored 4.68 runs per game and totaled 693 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals (+105)
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