The Washington Nationals start a huge four-game set with the Cardinals in St. Louis on Monday night. Both teams currently see themselves on the outside of the playoff race looking in both were expected to contend this year, with the Washington Nationals believed to be a lock to win the N.L. East. Neither team is out of the hunt just yet that’s what makes this set so important. If either team loses three of four or gets swept, they might be saying goodbye to their postseason. The National came out of the All-Star break playing like a team that most people expected, but have dropped three of four and have now dropped 5.5 games back of the Braves and Phillies for 1st place in the N.L. East. The St. Louis Cardinals are 6.5 behind the Chicago Cubs and 3.5 games out of the second wild-card spot in the N.L..
- 6-1 in Mikolas’ last 7 starts.
- 5-0 in Mikolas’ last 5 starts following a Quality Start in his previous appearance.
- 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.
- 8-23 in their last 31 games in St. Louis.
- 0-5 in their last 5 Monday games.
- 6-16 in their last 22 road games against a right-handed starter.
The surging Cardinals have won five straight and go with Miles Mikolas, who’s on his own tear. St. Louis is 16-7 when Mikolas starts, while Nats starter Tommy Milone was rocked in his last outing. The Cards win a solid 70 percent of my projections, at this price the implied probablity is 57 percent, so there’s solid value as well. Jump on the Cardinals.
Prediction: ST. LOUIS -135