The St. Louis Cardinals continue their preparations with an exhibition game against the Washington Nationals on Thursday at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm, Florida.
The Cardinals enter this game with a 9-14 record in Grapefruit League play, which is next to last in the team standings and 6.5 games behind the league leaders. St. Louis has won just six times in their last fifteen preseason games.
Chris Beck will open on top of the mound for the Cardinals. The 28 year old right hander has pitched a total of 8 innings in seven games of Grapefruit League action with four hits, one run, three walks and eight strikeouts. Beck has a preseason ERA of 1.13 and a WHIP of 0.88.
Rangel Ravelo leads the Cardinals with 15 hits in 45 at bats (.333). Ravelo, Tyler O’Neill and Max Schrock pace the team with 7 RBIs each. O’Neill is batting just 9-50 (.180) but he leads the Cardinals with five home runs in preseason action.
St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals Odds
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The Washington Nationals are one of the top teams of the Cactus League. At 15-10, they are tied for second place along with the Miami Marlins and both teams are just 1.5 games behind the New York Yankees in the team standing. The Nationals head to this matchup with back to back wins.
Jeremy Hellickson will be the Nationals’ starting pitcher on Thursday. The 31-year old right hander has started three games in Spring Training and has a record of 3-0. Hellickson has pitched a total of 14.0 innings and has given up three runs on 11 hits with one homerun, three walks and 13 strikeouts. He has a preseason ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of 1.0.
Jake Noll, Victor Robles and Juan Soto each have 14 hits to pace the Nationals in preseason play. The three have combined for 27 RBIs and 7 homeruns. Yan Gomes leads Washington with three home runs while batting 13-29 (.448).
These are two teams on the opposite end of the team standings. The Cardinals can’t seem to win games consistently in Spring Training while the Nationals have been one of the standouts in their league. The Nationals have the third best run difference in Florida at +20 while the Cardinals are next to last at -35. I’m picking the Washington Nationals to beat the St. Louis Cardinals on 3/21/19.