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Nationals vs Cardinals Game 1 Picks & MLB Predictions

Nationals vs Cardinals Game 1 Picks & MLB Predictions

Nationals vs Cardinals Game 1 Picks & MLB Predictions

We have Nationals vs Cardinals Game 1 Picks & MLB Predictions for the NLDS which starts on Friday at Busch Stadium.

We have reached the NLCS after two very exciting game 5 scenarios in the NLDS. The Cardinals will host the Nationals in Game 1 at Busch Stadium.

Both teams won over 90 games in the regular season and are riding high after road wins in Game 5.

St Louis won 5 of 7 vs the Nationals over the regular season. All the games were very competitive.

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Washington Nationals Form

The Nationals are likely to start either Corbin or Scherzer in this game. Corbin has been used in relief twice in the NLDS and started a game.

He was charged with both losses in the series. He started game 1 went 6 innings and gave up 1 ER struck out 9 and walked 5.

Game 3 he came on in relief and was charged with 6 runs over 2/3 an inning. He was hurt by some poor defense however. Finally in game 5 he had a good relief appearance and kept the Nationals in striking distance with three punch outs.

Corbin is 1-1 in two starts vs the Cardinals. He has 16 strikeouts and 8 walks over 11 innings vs them.

Corbin has been pretty reliable overall and will be able to get some quality innings if he’s on the bump for game 1 again.

Scherzer pitched in relief in game 2 and struck out the side on short rest. He also started game 4 and dominated for 7 innings after a run in the early going.

If Scherzer gets the ball he is arguably the best pitcher left in the MLB playoffs and will be a tough challenge for the Cardinals lineup.

The Nationals offense has been powered by Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto. Rendon was great in game 5 with three straight XBH to finish his game including a huge HR in the 8th to bring the Nats to a one run game.

The one run deficit was quickly erased as young super star Juan Soto blasted the next pitch off Kershaw to tie the game. Soto can hit left handed pitching as well as right and with consistency and power.

The Nationals are disciplined at the plate and didn’t score only once in the last five games. They also won 8 in a row to close out the regular season.

Against all odds the Nationals are a force right now and playing very well as a team.

St Louis Cardinals Form

The Cardinals will either start Dakota Hudson or Adam Wainwright. Hudson started game 4 and went 4.2 innings.

Limited the Braves to 1 run and struck out 2 against 2 walks. That was Hudson’s only outing in the series and over the year was 16-7 with a 3.35 ERA.

He made two starts vs the Nats and was very good in them; 3 ER in 13 innings. The young righty has been a pleasant surprise this year and will be used at some point in the series for a start.

The other option is seasoned veteran Adam Wainwright. Wainwright was phenomenal in his start. Shutout for 7.2 innings and struck out 8.

Unfortunately the bullpen blew the game but Wainwright had a fine effort in the game and should be rested for a start in game 1.

Waino was 2-0 over 13 innings vs the Nats on the year.

The Cardinals offense is led by Marcell Ozuna and Paul Goldschmidt who each had very good NLDS series. The offense was limited in games 2 and 3 however scored 25 runs in the other 3.

They busted out 10 runs to open game 5 and sway the momentum critically. Kolten Wong and Tommy Edman have been big hitters over the playoffs with 5 and 6 hits respectively.

Yadi Molina had two clutch hits in game 4 to keep them alive. The Cardinals have found ways to win all year and it rolled over to the playoffs.

They will experience home field advantage in this 7 game series.

Nationals vs Cardinals Game 1 Picks & MLB Predictions

The playoffs are a crap shoot wwith both teams are playing well and rolling high. If Scherzer gets the ball the Nats will have the advantage.

If not the Cardinals will be in a position to win the series opener and have control of the series from the get go.

Nationals vs Cardinals Game 1 Picks & MLB Predictions: Nationals to win @ 5Dimes

Cody Molla
Cody Molla
Cody a 23 year old student from Yorba Linda, CA. He's currently finishing up his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal State Fullerton University. He has been involved with sports his entire life, which includes playing club baseball at CSUF. While at La Sierra he was awarded the Golden Eagle Pride award awarded for accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. He continues his sporting achievements here at BettingBoss, where MLB and NFL are his specialities.

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