Baseball Odds – Cardinals Call on Wainwright in Attempt at Eighth Straight Win Over Nats

Can Adam Wainwright continue his regular season success against the Washington Nationals? We shall see on Thursday night when the St. Louis Cardinals visit Nationals Park for the 7:05 PM ET in a rather interesting baseball betting matchup.

The Cardinals, the defending National League champions, got into a groove with four straight wins, where they pounded the Cubs and Brewers by a combined 29-6 count, but could only get a solo homer out of Allen Craig on Wednesday as they fell 5-1 to the NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

The Nationals had a couple of heroes on Wednesday night, as Jayson Werth hit an opposite field home run off a previously-dominant Jose Fernandez in the sixth inning and later got a pinch-hit homer from Zach Walters to move ahead in the eventual 6-3 victory over the Miami Marlins. They really had Miami catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia to thank, since he made an errant throw and dropped a pop-up to allow Werth to tie the game off Fernandez.

St. Louis is two games behind Milwaukee in the National League Central, while Washington is a game and a half in back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

At BetDSI, here are the latest baseball odds that have been established on this game:

St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright – R) -152
Washington Nationals (Jordan – R) +142

Over 7 Runs -105
Under 7 Runs -115

Bryce Harper, the bubbly and talented outfielder for Washington, often looks like he is on the verge of busting out to become another Mickey Mantle. He has hit .520 in the last six games in which he has played, but he did not appear with the team on Wednesday because of a left quad that is bothering him. Matt Williams decided to keep him out of action “just to calm it down a little bit,” but said he fully expected his young star to be available for Thursday action.

His presence gives the Nationals, who are +395 at BetDSI to represent the National League in the World Series, another bat in the lineup, which they can absolutely use, since Wainwright has been poison for them, recording a sterling 1.69 ERA in the process of winning his last three regular season starts against the Nats. Let’s not forget that Ryan Zimmerman, who started out like a house afire, is currently on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

It looks like an interesting progression Wainwright has taken. He threw seven scoreless innings at Cincinnati in his first start of the season, giving up three hits, then cane back six days later to go seven again, this time against the Pirates, and allowed two runs on five hits. He gave up four runs in another seven-inning stint against the Cubs five days ago, but baseball odds analysts have to notice that he also struck out eight batters and did not issue a walk.

The Cards, who are priced at +460 at BetDSI to win the national League pennant, have won seven straight games against Washington, and will be seeing right-hander Taylor Jordan for the first time. Jordan has had his last three starts against Atlanta, two of them this season, and he allowed five runs in five innings on Saturday.

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