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Predictions For Betting On Cardinals Nationals – Powerful Cardinals Offense The Key As Series Shifts To Washington

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 10/9/2012 7:19:52 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have played their best baseball this season with their backs against the wall. With their backs once again against the wall facing a potential 0-2 deficit heading to the nation’s capital the rest of the way, the Cardinals blew away the Washington Nationals with a 12-4 win to even their best of five National League Divisional Series on Monday. Now the defending World Series champions will look to make it easier on themselves with the chance to take the division lead on Wednesday, and avoid drawing another must-win type online betting situation. The pitching has certainly been there for St. Louis in each of the first two games of the series, but as we have witnessed so far this team will only go as far as the offense can lead it.

The Cardinals certainly got their share of offense in Monday’s win, tallying 12 runs on 13 hits including a 3-for-5 night from cleanup hitter Allen Craig. Craig was one of five St. Louis players to have at least two hits in the game, with Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran each cashing in with three RBI. That kind of production will make the Cardinals a force in the postseason as long as they can perform with a level of consistency, and the scariest part so far is that the club still hasn’t gotten anything out of Matt Holliday. Holliday is 0-7 through the first two games of the series after going 2-3 with a home run in the Wild Card playoff against the Atlanta Braves, and if he can snap out of his mini funk St. Louis will be firing on all cylinders.

As for the Nationals, the hope is that Edwin Jackson can provide a better performance than Jordan Zimmermann did in game two, giving up five earned runs on just seven hits in just three innings of work. Zimmermann clearly didn’t have his best stuff in his first start of the postseason, however even after he was pulled in the third, Washington’s bullpen could not stop the Cardinals from adding to their lead. Craig Stammen gave up two earned runs in less than an inning, and Sean Burnett was tagged for four more runs in the eighth after inheriting men on base from Ryan Matheus. Jackson struggled over the final month of the regular season including a 12-2 loss to the Cardinals in which he gave up eight earned runs on six hits in just 1.1 innings of work, and a repeat sports betting performance could push the Nationals to within one game of elimination.

The online sportsbook odds still favor Washington to win the series with the home field advantage the rest of the way, however with the series tied at one, game three will be crucial for both teams. While the Nationals have the home advantage, they will need a pair of stellar pitching performance to compete with the Cardinals depth on offense. However, if Holliday can finally break through and the rest of the order keeps rolling, St. Louis will be nearly impossible to beat.

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