Nationals at Cardinals 10/12/19 - MLB Playoffs Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 10/12/2019 at 11:50 AM ET

Nationals at Cardinals 10/12/19 - MLB Playoffs Picks & Predictions

In Saturday afternoon MLB playoff action, the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals will square off from Busch Stadium. Last night, Washington SP Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a 2-0 road victory. Yan Gomes doubled in Howie Kendrick in the second inning for all of the offense that the Nationals would need on the night.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (11-7 2.92 ERA) will take the mound for the Nationals in this matchup. Through 13 innings this postseason, Scherzer has struck out 16 batters and owns a 1.08 WHIP.

The St. Louis Cardinals won 50 of their 81 home games during the regular season and now have lost home field advantage in this best-of-seven series. On Friday, St. Louis pinch hitter Jose Martinez recorded the only hit for his team. SP Miles Mikolas struck out seven batters and allowed a run across six innings in a losing effort for the Cardinals. 

The Cardinals will counter with veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright (14-10 4.19 ERA) in Game Two. Last time out, Wainwright struck out eight batters across seven plus scoreless frames during a 3-1 road loss against Atlanta in the NLDS.

St. Louis SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and was left off the roster for this series. Through 162 regular season games, Washington ranked 5th in OPS and 6th in runs scored. For the season, St. Louis ranked 21st in OPS and 19th in runs scored. Look for the over to cash in Game Two. Final Score Prediction, Washington Nationals win 5-4.

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