St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 4/19/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals
Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-107) Washington (-103)
Nationals Park is the venue where Joe Ross and the Washington Nationals (5-8, 5th in NL East) will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (7-8, 3rd in NL Central) on Monday. The Nationals open this game at -103 while the Cardinals are coming in at -107. The O/U has been set at 8. The starting pitchers will be Jack Flaherty and Joe Ross.
The Cardinals have earned 14 doubles as a team and have hit 20 balls out of the stadium. St. Louis is slugging .394 and have been rung up 130 times, while being walked on 54 occasions. As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are compiling 5.1 runs per game, which is 5th in baseball. They have tallied 62 runs batted in as well as 107 hits on the year, and their average at the plate is at .231. They have notched a total of 71 runs while holding a team OBP of .318.
The Cardinals hold a team ERA of 5.34 for the season (30th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 119 hitters. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 1.86 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.49. Cardinals pitchers have surrendered 14 long balls and 76 runs in total (25th in baseball). They have walked 64 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.55 as a team this season.
The Cardinals have dispatched 53 relievers to the mound over the course of the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 24 base runners this season and 29.2% of them crossed the plate. They have accumulated 3 saves so far this year. The Cardinals relievers have recorded a save percentage of 100.0% and has entered the game in 9 save situations. The relief pitchers have racked up 6 holds so far this year (18th in MLB). Cardinals pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 13 times in addition to having 8 appearances in high leverage situations.
Flaherty has thrown 424 innings and has earned 498 punch outs so far in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.39 (160 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.072. He has surrendered 309 base knocks (6.6 hits per nine innings) and has had 146 free passes. Flaherty (25-22 career mark) holds a FIP of 3.79 while facing 1,714 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues.
The Nationals have a team slugging percentage of .405 and they tally 3.67 runs per game (25th in MLB). They have tallied 17 doubles, while getting a free base 31 times as well as recording 44 runs. Washington has hit 11 home runs this season as well as 43 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 93 occasions (29th in baseball) and have 108 base hits. The Washington Nationals have an OBP of .329 as well as a team batting average of .273 for the season.
The Nationals hold a team WHIP of 1.230 in addition to having a FIP of 4.86 as a pitching staff so far this year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.43 (107 strikeouts vs 44 walks). They come in at 2nd in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 79. They have given up 18 dingers and they give up 5.04 runs per 9 innings (21st in the league). The Washington pitching staff have relinquished 56 runs on the campaign while holding an ERA of 4.41 (49 earned runs given up).
Washington has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 1 save chance and they have recorded 1 save. They are ranked 5th in baseball with a save rate of 100.0%, and they have dispatched 43 bullpen pitchers onto the field on the year. Their relief pitchers have come in 8 times in high leverage situations and on 8 occasions with runners on. Washington relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 40.0% of 15 inherited runners. With 6 save situations, the Nationals have recorded 5 holds and 0 blown saves.
During his MLB career, Ross has conceded 357 base knocks while accumulating 303 strikeouts in 346 innings pitched. He has conceded 160 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.348 and a FIP of 4.1. His K/BB ratio is 2.75 and he has gone up against 1,487 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. Ross (22-19 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a 4.16 earned run average and has surrendered 9.3 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (-103)
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