Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 9/8/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+255) St. Louis (-305)
The St. Louis Cardinals (80-56) are welcoming the Washington Nationals (48-88) at Busch Stadium on Thursday. The moneyline on this matchup has Washington at +255 while St. Louis is opening at -305. The total comes in at 7.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Jon Gray and Adam Wainwright.
Washington is slugging .378 and have been called out on strikes 1,010 times, while drawing a walk on 388 occasions. They have recorded 494 runs batted in and 1,140 base knocks on the campaign, while their team batting average is sitting at .250. The Nationals have accounted for 209 doubles as a squad and have knocked 115 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accumulated 516 runs scored and have an OBP of .314. As a team, the Washington Nationals are scoring 3.8 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 26th in MLB.
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The Nationals have a team earned run average of 5.01 so far this season (29th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 1,051 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 477 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.90 as a squad this season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.20 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.43. Nationals pitchers have yielded 201 home runs and 719 total runs (29th in the league).
Nationals relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with players on base 131 times as well as having 113 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have recorded 50 holds for the season (28th in baseball). The Nationals relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 64.1% and has stepped onto the mound in 90 save situations. They have recorded 25 saves on the season and have missed out on 14 out of their 39 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 209 base runners over the course of the season with 33.5% of those players ended up crossing the plate. The Nationals have dispatched 493 relievers to the hill on the year.
The Washington Nationals have amassed 3,570 putouts for the season, in addition to 1,181 assists and 85 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .982 which ranks 28th in MLB, and have 101 double plays. The Nationals have turned 68.7% of balls hit into play into outs in their 10,710 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 24th in baseball.
Gray has taken the ball for 932 innings and is sitting with 965 K's in his career. Gray (60-55 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.86 while he has gone up against 3,984 batters in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.51 (467 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.320. He has surrendered 917 base hits (8.8 hits per nine innings) and has 314 walks.
The St. Louis Cardinals have compiled an on-base percentage of .329 and a batting average of .257 on the campaign. They have been called out on strikes on 1,040 occasions (25th in baseball) and have tallied 1,189 hits. St. Louis has hit 172 home runs for the year as well as 640 RBIs. The Cardinals have a team slugging % of .429 and they average 4.90 runs per contest (3rd in the league). They have hit 238 two-baggers, while walking 448 times as well as putting up 666 runs.
The St. Louis pitching staff have conceded 531 runs this year while holding an ERA of 3.75 (503 earned runs surrendered). They have surrendered 123 long balls and they yield 3.96 runs per 9 innings (8th in baseball). The Cardinals have a team WHIP of 1.253 in addition to having a FIP of 3.94 as a pitching staff for the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.44 (984 strikeouts vs 403 walks). They come in at 15th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 1,108.
With 105 save situations, the Cardinals have compiled 58 holds in addition to 16 blown saves. St. Louis has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 47 save chances and they have earned 31 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 109 times in high leverage situations in addition to 134 occasions with base runners. St. Louis relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 34.6% out of 205 inherited base runners. They are currently ranked 13th in baseball holding a save percentage of 66.0%, and they have dispatched 384 relievers to the mound for the season.
Out of their 10,860 innings on the diamond, the Cardinals hold a defensive efficiency of 70.5% (8th in MLB). The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 152 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .989 (2nd in the majors). The Cardinals have racked up 1,451 assists, 56 errors and have 3,620 putouts during this campaign.
In his MLB career, Wainwright has given up 2,391 base knocks while he has tallied 2,136 punch outs in 2,543 innings pitched. He has given up 945 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.210 and having a FIP of 3.4. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.11 and he has gone up against 10,518 opposing batters during his career. Wainwright (194-114 career record) has earned a 3.34 ERA while conceding 8.5 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take St. Louis (-305) and under 7.5 runs
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