Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Pick

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The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series on Monday night at Busch Stadium. Both teams are looking to turn their seasons around after getting off to a slow start in 2021.

Washington comes into this game with an overall record of just 1-5, and the team has already dealt with COVID-19 to begin the year. The Nationals have lost five straight games, but this team has plenty of talent to turn things around. 

St. Louis brings a 5-4 record into the series opener, which has them in second place in the National League Central. The Cardinals are one of the favorites to win the division this season, and they need to get on a roll here in the next few weeks. 

The St. Louis Cardinals are -132 in the series opener against the Washington Nationals.


Nationals Needing Offense

The Washington Nationals have scored just 17 total runs through the first six games and have already been shut out three times this season. Washington has some big bats in the middle of that lineup, but they have struggled to get going in the month of April.

Ryan Zimmerman leads the team with a .381 batting average, and the Nationals are hitting .268 as a team. Washington has done a great job of getting on base this season, but there just haven’t been enough big hits or home runs.

Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for Washington on Monday night, and he is capable of taking over a game. Strasburg was sharp in his 2021 debut, and he will need to be great again for this team. 

Pitching a Problem For Cardinals

Pitching has been a major issue for the Cardinals to begin the 2021 season, and that could be a problem all season long. St. Louis has pitched to a team ERA of 5.35 through the first nine games, and that could allow the Washington bats to get going.

The Cardinals have gotten just one quality start to begin the season, and that has put too much pressure on the bullpen. John Gant makes the start on Monday night, and he needs to go deep in this game.

Rookie Dylan Carlson leads the team with three home runs and nine RBIs and looks to be a future star in this league. St. Louis does have a team that can score runs, but it needs some pitching to get on a roll. 

Strasburg Shines in Nationals Win

Having Stephen Strasburg on the mound on Monday night is a huge advantage for the Washington Nationals, and this is a game that they must win. St. Louis might be the favorites in this game, and the pitching matchup is not the reason why.

Look for the Nationals to find just enough offense on Monday night to give Strasburg some support. St. Louis has struggled in the last two games, and those woes will continue against a dominant starting pitcher. 

Washington has not gotten off to a good start this season, but it will pick up a win in the series opener. Bet the Washington Nationals money line over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. 


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