Sports Betting - Thursday 16 June 2011 by

MLB Betting Odds Cardinals vs Nationals Free Pick

After a very profitable 21 of 26 free pick run in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, including six wins in the Cup Final, we now turn our attention to Major League Baseball. Tonight we feature MLB betting odds and a baseball wagering free pick for the St. Louis Cardinals vs the Washington Nationals from the shores of the Anacostia River in the Nations Capital.

MLB Betting Odds Cardinals vs Nationals Free Pick

MLB Betting Odds Cardinals vs Nationals Free Pick: National League Central powerhouse St. Louis has lost five straight while Washington has won five in row including their last two against the Cardinals.

First pitch for this Major League Baseball betting action is slated for 6:05 ET on Thursday, June 16, 2011, from Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

MLB Betting Preview Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals

In the final contest of a ten game road trip, the Cardinals will try to halt their five game losing skid and move into a first place tie with Milwaukee Brewers in the NL. Though they are in the top five in most hitting statistics, St. Louis has been outscored 35-12 in their last five contests and they were shut out in two of them.

Despite being mired in fourth place in the NL East, the Nationals are showing signs of a team on the rise. Washington is 10-5 since May 31, 2011, and they have beat up on some of the best teams in the National League along the way. Three of their recent wins, over the Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Cards, have been by a combined 31-6 score.

Probable Pitchers – Cardinals (38-31) @ Nationals (32-36)

Washington Nationals: LHP John Lannan – 4-5, 3.60 ERA

Lannan is 2-0 (two no decisions) and has given up just two earned runs in his last four starts.

St. Louis Cardinals: RHP Kyle Lohse – 7-3, 2.67 ERA

In his last start against the Nationals, Lohse pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout, as the Cardinals won 5-0, way back on April 21, 2011.

MLB Betting Odds – Nationals vs Cardinals – Free Pick

We turn to the online sportsbook at the sports betting website for the MLB betting odds for the Nationals against the Cardinals.

MLB 2011 Betting Odds Cardinals vs Nationals

St. Louis gets some much-needed power back in their lineup tonight as Matt Holliday returns after missing 13 games with a quadriceps injury.  Despite a 3 for 28 batting slump prior to going on the DL, Holiday is hitting .342 with six HR and 31 RBI’s in 44 games.

Lohse was on the hill for the Cards when this five game losing streak started. In that contest, St. Louis was shelled 8-0 by the Brewers back on June 6, in Milwaukee. Lohse hasn’t lost back-to-back games, in any month, since May 6 and 12 of 2010, so we expect him to bounce back here.

Pride takes over and the Cardinals will head home on a high note, tied for first in the NL Central, as they avoid back-to-back series sweeps tonight.

Take the Cardinals over the Nationals at  -1.5 runs (+155) at JustBet!

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