Free MLB Picks Today: St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals 9/8/22

Free MLB Picks Today: St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals 9/8/22
Thu 8th September 2022

Hot-hitting Tommy Edman will be looking to extend his 10-game hitting streak as the St. Louis Cardinals (-140) host the Washington Nationals (+120) at Busch Stadium on Thursday with the visitors looking to split the four-game series. The early total has been set at 8 (O: +100 | U: -120).The Cardinals (81-56) lead the series 2-1 after winning 6-5 on Wednesday, their fourth head-to-head victory in six games this season. Jake Woodford got the win with one scoreless inning of relief. Paul Goldschmidt went 1 for 3 with a home run and two runs in the win. Luke Voit was 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Nationals (48-89).


Josiah Gray (7-9, 4.91 ERA) is slated to start for Washington. The righty allowed six runs over five innings in his last start, a 7-3 home defeat against the Mets on Friday. He was charged with the loss, giving up six hits while striking out two and walking four. Gray has made one previous start against the Cardinals this season, a 5-0 home loss on July 31. He surrendered four runs on five hits over five innings, striking out six and walking two. Righty Adam Wainwright (10-9, 3.21 ERA) will toe the rubber for St. Louis. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Nationals. Wainwright made two appearances against the Nationals in 2021, both starts, striking out 17 and walking three over 12 innings (0-1, 3.00). In his last start on Saturday, Wainwright got the win at home against the Cubs. He threw five innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking two in the 8-4 victory.


Over the last five games, Washington has averaged 5.2 runs a game, up from their season average of 3.8, while performing better across the board (.313/.372/.464). Against right-handed pitchers like Wainwright this season, the Nats have a .699 OPS. Keibert Ruiz is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .701 OPS in 298 at-bats.St. Louis is averaging only 4.0 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.9 for the season. The Cards have a .738 OPS against right-handers in 2022. With a .939 OPS over 384 at-bats, Goldschmidt has been their best hitter against right-handers.


Washington is 26-42 away from home in 2022, scoring 3.9 runs per game while allowing 5.3 runs. St. Louis has gone 47-23 at home this season, averaging 4.9 runs per game while surrendering 3.4. Washington is 6-4 in the last 10 games between the teams at Busch Stadium with an average scoreline of 3.8-3.4.


The Nationals are fifth in the NL East, 38 games behind the division-leading Mets. The Cardinals lead the NL Central by nine games over the Brewers.

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St. Louis Cardinals (-275)

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