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Cardinals vs. Nationals Betting Picks - Today's Free MLB Best Bets, Odds, Predictions (9/8)

Welcome RotoBallers to our betting picks for the Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals, another article in our daily series of free MLB betting picks for every game on the schedule. This free MLB betting breakdown article is for Thursday September 8th, 2022.

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Today's Betting Overview - Nationals vs. Cardinals

The Nationals take on the Cardinals on Thursday September 8th at Busch Stadium, St. Louis. RotoBaller provides free handicapping pick and odds for all MLB games throughout the 2022 season.

  • Matchup: Washington Nationals (48-89) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (81-56)
  • Date: Thursday September 8th, 2022
  • Time: 1:15 ET
  • Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis


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Washington Nationals - Today's MLB Betting Analysis

Heading into today's game against St. Louis, the Nationals have a record of just 48-89. This places the team 5th in the NL East division. Heading into play, the Nationals are 26-42 at home. In their previous games, the Nationals lost by a score of 6-5 to St. Louis. Currently, Washington has a below .500 record in their 43 series, coming in at 10-29-4.

Nationals starter Josiah Gray comes into the game with a record of just 7-9. Gray will be looking to bring down an ERA of 4.91. Josiah Gray's WHIP of 1.34 comes in as one of the higher marks among MLB starters. To date, he has a batting average allowed of .236. Across his previous outings, Gray has a SLG% allowed of .494. In total, he has given up 34 home runs. For the season, he has picked up 142 strikeouts on a K rate of 25.0%.

This year, runs have been hard to come by for Washington's offense, as they are the 26th ranked scoring team at 3.80. When playing on the road, the team has a run differential of 2. Although the team has struggled to drive in base runners, the Nationals' offense comes into this matchup ranked 10th in the league, at .250. Per game, the team is averaging 8.39 hits. On average, the team has hit just .85 home runs per game, placing them 28th in the league. Up to this point, they have one of the lowest hard-hit rates in the MLB at 35.6%. This year, Washington has been getting on base at a rate of .314, placing them 16th in all of baseball. On average, the team generates walks at a rate of 7.7%.


St. Louis Cardinals - Today's MLB Betting Analysis

At 81-56, the St. Louis Cardinals will host St. Louis, currently ranked 1st in the NL Central division. In their 70 games at home, the Cardinals have a strong record of 47-23. In their last game, St. Louis picked up a 6-5 win over the Nationals. The team's overall series record is above .500, sitting at 24-10-8.

Taking the mound for St. Louis is Adam Wainwright. Heading into play, he has a mark of 10-9. Wainwright boasts an outstanding ERA of 3.21. In today's game, he will look to do a better job limiting base runners, as his batting average allowed sits at .247. Across 168 innings pitched, Wainwright has allowed just 14 home runs. Adam Wainwright takes the mound with a K/BB ratio of 2.93. This has come while striking out 19.0% of the batters he's faced.

On the season, St. Louis boasts the 3rd ranked scoring offense, averaging 4.91 runs per game. Heading into play, the Cardinals are the 7th unit in team batting average. Combined, the team is batting .257. For the season, 36.3% of the team's hits have been in the form of extra bases. So far, St. Louis's lineup has also been able to hit for power, as their average of 1.26 home runs per game ranks 6th. So far, their hard hit rate of 37.3% is near the MLB average. St. Louis's offense has done a good job getting on base, ranking 2nd with an OBP of .329. While the team's wOBA is one of the best in the league at .331.


Today's MLB Betting Pick - Nationals vs. Cardinals

Heading into today's matchup between Washington and St. Louis, the Cardinals are the heavy favorite at -310 on the moneyline. St. Louis's implied win probability sits at 75.61%. The MLB predictive model shows St. Louis having enough of an edge on offense and on the mound to take the Cardinals on the runline (-1.5).

Recommended Betting Pick: Cardinals Runline

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