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Wednesday 8/15/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -210

-1.5  +175



WASHINGTON (60 - 60) at ST LOUIS (65 - 55)
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Wednesday, 8/15/2018 8:15 PM
Board OpeningLatest
905WASHINGTON+100Ov 9,+100+100Ov 9,-110
906ST LOUIS-110Un 9,-120-110Un 9,-110
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games60-60-2250-674.60.2500.3240.3990.7234.00.2420.3010.3970.697
Road Games30-32-7.122-384.30.2380.3100.3780.6883.80.2400.3010.3740.675
vs Left-handed Starters13-20-15.315-174.70.2470.3220.3940.7164.00.2300.2940.3950.688
Past 7 Games2-5-3.44-24.70.2650.3190.3950.7145.00.2920.3400.4680.808
Grass Games60-55-14.347-654.70.2530.3270.4050.7324.00.2400.2990.3930.692
Night Games37-36-9.233-395.00.2630.3320.4270.7594.30.2470.3070.4190.726
WASHINGTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.60.2500.32412040621017177181300.3995284449687385083479152
Road Games4.30.2380.3106221245058310650.3782582225273842642294224
Lefty Starters4.70.2470.322331101272475350.3941501212832122218122913
WASHINGTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.831.225376.31671603385312335916-19311272.1%
Road Games3.721.207184807616026621747-1117868%

ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games65-55-1.757-584.60.2520.3180.4030.7214.20.2420.3120.3660.678
Home Games31-26-5.725-304.20.2510.3120.3850.6964.20.2380.3020.3660.668
vs Right-handed Starters45-40-3.236-444.40.2490.3090.3970.7063.90.2300.3030.3510.654
Past 7 Games7-0+74-26.60.3050.3540.5580.9132.60.1940.2510.2970.548
Grass Games65-55-1.757-584.60.2520.3180.4030.7214.20.2420.3120.3660.678
Night Games38-35-5.435-354.60.2590.3240.4160.7404.20.2420.3090.3700.678
ST LOUIS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.60.2520.3181204095103316971450.40352739599547834959110633
Home Games4.20.2510.312571890475712590.3852251664262137352444713
Righty Starters4.40.2490.30985289772012031010.3973562557163057661567224
ST LOUIS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.321.405410.72161974044117337821-21301763.8%
Home Games4.181.292204.410395185217918114-811857.9%
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/1/2018MILONE(L)NY METSSYNDERGAARD(R)5-3W-1209 ovU760632
8/2/2018SCHERZER(R)CINCINNATIMAHLE(R)10-4W-2658 ovO1070770
8/4/2018GONZALEZ(L)CINCINNATIDESCLAFANI(R)1-7L-1909.5 ovU78013100
8/4/2018HELLICKSON(R)CINCINNATIHARVEY(R)6-2W-1709.5 evU1090660
8/5/2018ROARK(R)CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)2-1W-1659 unU880750
8/7/2018RODRIGUEZ(R)ATLANTAFRIED(L)8-3W+10510 unO12101760
8/7/2018SCHERZER(R)ATLANTANEWCOMB(L)1-3L-2357.5 ovU770760
8/8/2018MILONE(L)ATLANTAFOLTYNEWICZ(R)3-8L-1159 evO101101242
8/9/2018GONZALEZ(L)ATLANTASANCHEZ(R)6-3W-1209 unP11701060
8/10/2018HELLICKSON(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSHENDRICKS(R)2-3L1358.5 evU990461
8/11/2018ROARK(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L)9-4W1209.5 unO13901181
8/12/2018SCHERZER(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSHAMELS(L)3-4L-1357.5 ovU330650
8/13/2018MILONE(L)@ ST LOUISMIKOLAS(R)6-7L1308.5 ovO84017101
8/14/2018GONZALEZ(L)@ ST LOUISGANT(R)4-6L-1058.5 ovO970870
8/22/2018 PHILADELPHIA  

ST LOUIS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/1/2018WEAVER(R)COLORADOFREELAND(L)6-3W-1358 evO131107100
8/2/2018MIKOLAS(R)COLORADOSENZATELA(R)3-2W-1408.5 unU881761
8/3/2018GANT(R)@ PITTSBURGHARCHER(R)6-7L1458 ovO151601271
8/4/2018GOMBER(L)@ PITTSBURGHNOVA(R)8-4W1008.5 ovO14120871
8/5/2018FLAHERTY(R)@ PITTSBURGHWILLIAMS(R)2-1W-1208.5 evU1090561
8/6/2018WEAVER(R)@ MIAMICHEN(L)1-2L-1558 evU7100851
8/7/2018MIKOLAS(R)@ MIAMILOPEZ(R)3-2W-1457.5 unU750640
8/8/2018GANT(R)@ MIAMIRICHARDS(R)7-1W-1158 ovP950330
8/10/2018GOMBER(L)@ KANSAS CITYSMITH(R)7-0W-1409.5 evU12817110
8/11/2018FLAHERTY(R)@ KANSAS CITYDUFFY(L)8-3W-1608.5 ovO1151540
8/12/2018ROSS(R)@ KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R)8-2W-1409 evO1281550
8/13/2018MIKOLAS(R)WASHINGTONMILONE(L)7-6W-1408.5 ovO17101840
8/14/2018GANT(R)WASHINGTONGONZALEZ(L)6-4W-1058.5 ovO870970
8/22/2018 @ LA DODGERS  
WASHINGTON: 2017 97-65, first place, lost to Cubs in NLDS
MANAGER Dave Martinez (first season)
ADDITIONS: 1B-OF Matt Adams, C Miguel Montero, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Joaquin Benoit, INF Matt Reynolds
SUBTRACTIONS: Manager Dusty Baker, LF Jayson Werth, 1B-LF Adam Lind, C Jose Lobaton, RHP Matt Albers
OUTLOOK: This might be the end of an era at Nationals Park, with Harper eligible to leave as a free agent after the season and General Manager Mike Rizzo's contract set to expire, too. The team has won four NL East titles in the past six years but has zero playoff series victories to show for it. That's why yet another manager (Baker) lost his job, and yet another rookie skipper has been brought in (will Martinez have more success than Matt Williams?). Rizzo has made no secret of the need to start making postseason inroads -- a World Series is the stated goal, and that's certainly not an outrageous aim, given all the talent he's assembled. The lineup remains almost exactly the same, although Werth is gone after playing out his seven-year contract. The rotation and bullpen are also nearly identical to the way they looked at the end of 2017.
ST LOUIS: 2017 83-79, third place
MANAGER Mike Matheny (seventh season)
ADDITIONS: LF Marcell Ozuna, RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Bud Norris, INF-OF Yairo Munoz
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, OF Stephen Piscotty, OF Randal Grichuk, RHP Seung-hwan Oh, RHP Juan Nicasio, SS Aledmys Diaz, RHP Trevor Rosenthal
OUTLOOK: The Cardinals have had one losing season since the start of the century, but they are facing immense pressure from fans after finishing behind the Cubs and Brewers in 2017. St. Louis missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year, the first time that's happened since 2007-2008. For the Cardinals to snap that postseason "drought," they'll need bounce-back seasons from several players -- including a healthy Wainwright on the mound and Carpenter at the plate. Few expect the Cardinals to cede the NL Central title to Chicago for a third consecutive year without putting up a fight, but St. Louis will need Ozuna and Pham to produce as expected. If they do, and the Cardinals can bring along their reworked pitching staff, the potential for a return to the playoffs is there.
Cardinals seek eighth straight win in game vs. Nationals

For the St. Louis Cardinals, it was another night of gaining ground in two races. For the Washington Nationals, it was another night where opportunity slipped away, much like their season.

St. Louis' 6-4 win over the Nationals Tuesday night gave the Cardinals a season-high seven-game winning streak, putting them 10 games over .500 for the first time all year at 65-55. Along with losses by the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, the Cardinals pulled within four games of Chicago for first place in the National League Central and within a single game of the Phillies for the second wild-card spot.

St. Louis will try to keep its roll going Wednesday night when it tries to clinch its sixth straight series win in Busch Stadium against fading Washington.

At the time where they need to play their best baseball, the Nationals are playing closer to their worst baseball. Their sixth loss in eight games dropped them to 60-60. They trail first place Atlanta by eight games in the NL East and are six games out of the second wild-card spot with 42 games remaining.

The bullpen let Washington down mightily in walk-off defeats Sunday night and Monday night. Starter Gio Gonzalez took the blame off the bullpen Tuesday night by digging a 5-0 hole before recording the fourth inning's first out.

While the relief corps worked a credible four innings after Gonzalez departed, a wave of injuries and ineffectiveness has left manager Dave Martinez wondering what he's getting when he pulls the starter.

"It's tough when you have your closer, your setup guy, your seventh-inning guy all beat up," he said. "We just have to keep battling. These other guys, they all have to step up."

The best solution might be getting a long, quality outing from the starter. That means Jeremy Hellickson (5-2, 3.54 ERA) will have pressure on him to provide length while keeping the hot Cardinals' offense off the board.

Hellickson's last outing Friday was unusual. He was working on a no-hitter when he was pulled after 5 2/3 innings against the Cubs, but still settled for a no-decision as he walked four and was charged with two runs in an eventual 3-2 loss.

Hellickson has not faced the Cardinals this season, but in five career starts against St. Louis, Hellickson is 2-2 with a 4.13 earned run average, allowing a whopping eight homers in 32 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals have been clearing the fences with regularity of late, clouting 16 homers during their winning streak. Even Tuesday night's starter, John Gant, mixed in a two-run shot in the second inning for his first major-league hit after 30 at-bats.

"Pleasantly surprised, obviously," St. Louis interim manager Mike Shildt said of Gant's blast. "He's a good athlete and he's taken some good BPs, but that's BP."

Rookie left-hander Austin Gomber (2-0, 3.45) gets the call for the Cardinals, fresh off a 7-0 win Friday night in Kansas City. Gomber pitched five innings in that game, allowing just four hits and a walk while fanning three in his third start. He will face the Nationals for the first time.

Last Updated: 4/19/2019 4:28:50 PM EST

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