The MLB is set up a solid day of action on April 19. Seven games are up on the board throughout Monday. One of these matchups will be between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals. These two teams have struggled a bit to open the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will start at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
St. Louis has gone 7-8 to open up this season, which has them sitting in third place of the NL Central. The Cardinals are only two games back on the Cincinnati Reds who lead the division early. St. Louis is coming off a loss on Sunday and have lost three of their last four. The Cardinals will look to bounce back with a big win in this one.
The Nationals have opened up this season with a record of 5-8, which has them in last place of the NL East division. Washington is three games back on the division leading Mets and will look to move up with a big win in this one. The Nationals lost their last game, which ended a two game winning streak. Washington will look to get back in the win column on Monday night.
These two teams have not had ideal starts, but plenty of baseball left to be played. I expect both teams to come out strong in this one as they try to set the pace early in this one. Both teams lost on Sunday afternoon and will look to turn it around quickly in this one. If either team can come out quickly, I think it will be enough to hold on for a win.
The Cardinals and the Nationals have already met up three times this season. St. Louis hosted the first three games between April 12 and 14. Tommy Edman and Yadier Molina both had RBI’s on the night, but it was not enough. Starlin Castro had two RBI’s for Washington as the Nationals rode a two run sixth inning to a 5-2 win on the road.
The second game was all St. Louis from the start. Josh Harrison had two RBI’s in the ninth, but it was not enough. Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Matt Carpenter and Justin Williams all had three RBI’s on the night to lift the Cardinals to the win. St. Louis scored nine runs in the fifth inning in route to a 14-3 win at home.
Washington was able to bounce back in the third game of the series though. Ryan Zimmerman had a two run homer in the top of the third to get things going for the Nationals. Washington added two more in the fifth to seal things up. Joe Ross allowed four hits and five strikeouts through six innings to help lead the Nationals to a 6-0 stomping.
These two teams met in a back and forth outing a few days ago and will look to keep up that momentum in this one. The Nationals were able to steal two of those games on the road, but were dominated in the second game. The Cardinals will look to get their bats going again early in this one as they try to bounce back against Washington on Monday night.
St. Louis has been solid hitting the ball throughout this season. The Cardinals have 71 runs scored, which is 3rd in the National League. St. Louis has added 107 hits and 20 home runs, which are 10th and 3rd in the NL respectively. Yadier Molina has helped lead the Cardinals with 12 RBI’s and 4 homers this season. Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carlson both have 10 RBI’s on the season as well.
The Nationals have struggled a bit hitting the ball throughout this season. Washington has scored 44 runs, which is 14th out of the 15 NL teams. The Nationals have 108 hits and 11 homers, which are 9th and 13th in the National League. Starlin Castro leads the team in RBI’s with 9. Washington will need to get their bats going a bit more in this one.
The Cardinals have been the better hitting team throughout this season and will look to use that to their advantage in this one. Washington was able to win two games against St. Louis earlier in the season with strong pitching and will need to do so again. Washington has played less games and will look to get their bats going a bit stronger down the stretch.
Jack Flaherty will be the starting pitcher for the Cardinals on Monday night. Flaherty has started three games this season, going 2-0 throughout those decisions. He has put up a 4.11 ERA and a 1.043 WHIP on the season. Flaherty’s last start was against the Nationals, where he allowed three hits and one run through five innings for the win.
Joe Ross will get the nod on the mound for Washington in this matchup. Ross has gone 1-0 through his two starts this season. He has posted an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of .818 through his two starts. Ross last started against St. Louis as he gave up four hits and no runs for the 6-0 win. He will need to carry that momentum into this matchup.
Ross has been really strong to start out this season, but Flaherty has not been bad either. St. Louis will look to bounce back against Ross in this one after he blanked them a few nights ago. The Nationals cannot expect Ross’s ERA to keep up and will need to give him a few runs early in this one. If the Cardinals can bat well off Ross in this one, it could be enough for the win.
St. Louis has been solid throughout this season, but fell twice at home earlier this week to the Nationals. I think the Cardinals will bounce back in this one though as they face off against Joe Ross again. Ross has not allowed a run this season, which will not hold up. I think St. Louis can get their bats going early to chase Ross, which should lead to a win on the road.
BetOnline has the Cardinals listed as a -116 against the money line in this one. This implies that St. Louis will win this game around 53.7 percent of the time. I agree with this line, but I do not see a lot of value in it. I think Ross will have a tough start against the Cardinals offense in this one, which makes St. Louis at -1 ½ runs for +145 really appealing to me.