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Washington Nationals (-1.08) at St. Louis Cardinals (+1, 7 O/U )

Right-hander Max Scherzer, 2-1 with a 4.35 earned run average in 2015, will be the starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals in their road matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals. Scherzer has a 2-1 record this season and a 4.35 ERA through five starts. He allowed three runs in six innings against the Phillies his last time out, striking out seven and allowing seven hits. The Nationals are 3-2 in games started by him, and have gone over 67% of those games.

Right-hander Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the home team. Martinez is coming off one of the best starts of his career. He held the D-backs to three hits while throwing eight shutout innings for the second time in his career. Martinez has finished at least seven innings in three straight starts. The Cardinals have gone over the total in 100% of his starts. . The Washington Nationals are 12-11 on the year, with an over/under record of 8-12-2. St Louis is 12-11 this year, and 15-8-0 on totals. Temperatures are expected to be around 70° at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 54%.

Martinez: 25 years old right-hander, 6’0” 185 pounds.
Throws: fastball (94.3 mph, 60%), slider (21%), curve (5%) change up (15%)

Washington Nationals Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 3.71 (26)
Home Runs: 15 (15)
Batting average: 0.222 (26)
On-base percentage: 0.295 (24)
Slugging percentage: 0.363 (21)
Stolen bases: 3 (32)
Last seven games: 25 (.610 OPS)
Last 14 games: 16 (.702 OPS)
Last 28 games: 22 (.657 OPS)
Versus Righties: 24 (.631 OPS)
Versus lefties: 4 (.797 OPS)
Home: 20 (.644 OPS)
Away: 17 (.676 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 3 (.932 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 22 (.526 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 16 (.724 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 27 (.556 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 15 (.668 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 19 (.646 OPS)
First five innings: 14 (.704 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 25 (.518 OPS)

Scherzer: 32 years old right-hander, 6’3” 215 pounds.
Throws: fastball (93.8 mph, 56%), slider (21%), curve (9%) change up (13%)

St. Louis Cardinals Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 3.87 (22)
Home Runs: 11 (25)
Batting average: 0.261 (8)
On-base percentage: 0.32 (14)
Slugging percentage: 0.389 (12)
Stolen bases: 9 (15)
Last seven games: 12 (.728 OPS)
Last 14 games: 8 (.742 OPS)
Last 28 games: 12 (.709 OPS)
Versus Righties: 9 (.715 OPS)
Versus lefties: 19 (.681 OPS)
Home: 15 (.693 OPS)
Away: 10 (.719 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 6 (.818 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 6 (.657 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 11 (.767 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 22 (.612 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 10 (.722 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 13 (.696 OPS)
First five innings: 17 (.680 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 9 (.702 OPS)