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MLB Pick: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals – July 2, 2017

MLB Baseball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, MO
  • Date & Time: Sunday July 2, 2017; 7:08pm CT
  • M/L Spread: Washington Nationals -119
  • Total: 7.5
  • Quick Pick: Washington Nationals -119

The St. Louis Cardinals are host of the Sunday Night Baseball Game of the Week for the second straight week. This time, they will take on the Washington Nationals in the series finale. The Cardinals are looking for the three game sweep over Washington. The two losses for the Nationals dropped them to 47-34 on the season.

Washington still has a large lead in the National League East over the Braves. St. Louis has now won four straight games. The Cardinals have won six out of seven overall. St. Louis is 22-20 at home. The Washington Nationals are favorites in this game. The Nationals are -119 over the Cardinals.

Cardinals Getting Strong Pitching

The St. Louis Cardinals have been getting strong starting pitcher with Mike Leake going 8 on Friday, and Michael Wacha with a quality start on Saturday. The Cardinals are only behind the Nationals in quality starts in Major League Baseball. The team has a 4.04 earned run average.

The offense for the Cardinals has seen several producers. Jedd Gyorko leads the team with a .299 batting average, while Matt Carpenter leads the team with 14 homeruns and 40 runs batted in. In the win on Saturday, rookie Alex Meija blasted his first Major League Baseball home run, which proved to be the game winner.

Washington Needing to Get Back on Track

The Washington Nationals, led by manager Dusty Baker need to find a way to get back on track. They hope their ace Max Scherzer is the ingredient for that. The Nationals have scored just 6 runs in their three game losing streak. Despite that, the Nationals still rank 2nd in runs scored.

The Nationals offense is led by the trio of Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman anchors the team with a .335 batting average, 19 bombs and 62 runs batted in. The team is batting .277 on the season.

Nationals Win Pitching Matchup

What a pitching matchup in this game. These are two of the best starting pitchers in the National League. Max Scherzer will throw for the Washington Nationals, against Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals. Scherzer is 9-5 on the season, with an ERA of 2.06. He has struck out 151 batters in 113.2 innings this season.

Martinez is 6-6 on the season with a 2.88 earned run average. IN 106.1 innings thrown, Martinez has struck out 121 batters. Martinez has walked just 38 on the season. Look for both pitchers to throw well, but Washington scores late on St. Louis bullpen. Bet the Washington Nationals -119 over the St. Louis Cardinals.