Cardinals vs Nationals 2019 NLCS Game 4 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 15, 2019 in

When you’re hot, you’re hot!  Since September 23rd, the Washington Nationals have won 15 of 17 games, with the only two losses coming against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. After their NLCS Game 3 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Nationals are just one win away from the franchise’s first ever World Series berth. Let’s take a look at the latest MLB Odds for Cardinals vs Nationals while making some predictions.

Cardinals vs Nationals 2019 NLCS Game 4 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Pitching is Hot

Stephen Strasburg threw a gem in Game 3. He pitched 7 innings, striking out 12. Howie Kendrick and Ryan Zimmerman did some damage with the bats, helping to knock out Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty, who had been almost untouchable in the second half of the season, after 4 innings. Flaherty had not allowed four runs in a game since July 2nd. He hadn’t allowed four runs in one inning since June 25th, until game 3.

Tonight’s game 4 will see Patrick Corbin on the hill for the Nationals. Corbin had a 3.25 ERA on the season, while striking out 238. He has made some relief appearances in the playoffs, for a lefty on lefty matchup. Corbin will be among the top contenders for this year’s National League Cy Young Award.

Corbin will be opposed by Cardinals righthander Dakota Hudson. Hudson finished the season with a 3.35 ERA. He was very strong over the second half of the season. He’s not an overpowering pitcher, but he will try go get ground balls using his sinkers and cutting fastballs.

Cardinals Struggles

If being down 3-0 isn’t bad enough, there’s even more bad news for the St. Louis Cardinals. Washington went 50-31 at home during the regular season, and they’ve only lost one home game during the playoffs. Of the 36 teams that have started a playoff series up 3-0, 29 have completed the sweep in Game 4. The Boston Red Sox are the only team in Major League Baseball history to come back and win a series after being down 3-0.

Not only have the Nationals had great pitching performances from Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, and Stephen Strasburg, but their offense has come up with some clutch hits. In the first two games, the Nationals got the big hits when they needed them, as the Cardinals starters matched the Nationals hurlers.

In Game 3, the Nationals hitters finally broke loose. Howie Kendrick, who has been on a tear, hit three doubles. He has 8 RBI in his past four games. Combine that with Ryan Zimmerman’s big hit, and a Victor Robles homer, and the Nats finally put together a good offensive game.

The Mount is crucial in Cardinals vs Nationals

They say that great pitching always beats great hitting. This seems to be the case in this series. The Nationals pitching staff has been spectacular, only allowing two runs through the first three games of the National League Championship Series. While the Cardinals pitching had been superb up until Game 3, the Nationals finally broke through. If the Cardinals want to extend this series to a fifth game, their bats will have to wake up and will need to put up a few runs.

Expecting to score runs off of a Nationals pitcher at this point is a very lofty expectations. It’s Game 4 or bust for the Cardinals, we’ll see if they have enough to extend the series.