Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals - 10/11/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals - 10/11/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Max Scherzer's season-saving, seven-inning pitching performance and Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer lifted the wild-card Washington Nationals to a 6-1 victory over the league-best Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday to force a deciding Game 5 in their NL Division Series.

Veteran right-hander Aníbal Sánchez will start against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS. The Nationals have Anibal Sanchez on the mound, and he struggled in his 1 start against the Cardinals this season which should follow similar trends here as he has to go on the road. Anibal Sanchez struggled in his 1 start against the Saint Louis Cardinals during the 2019 season as he gave up 3 earned runs in 5 innings.

Hudson, 25, started St. Louis' Game 4 win but lasted only 4.2 innings, allowing four runs (though only one was earned) on five hits.

But ultimately, the Cardinals offense would not be denied. Down 3-0 for much of Game 5 on Wednesday against the 107-win Dodgers, the Nationals stormed back to score seven unanswered runs thanks in part to a grand slam by Howie Kendrick in the 10th inning to secure a 7-3 win. The Cardinals wound up losing when the Braves scored three runs in the ninth.

However, St. Louis endured a middling run on home turf down the stretch, going 9-8 in 17 contests since the beginning of September.

If you went with Miles Mikolas in Game 1 in your Cardinals NLCS pitching rotation pool, you're a victor.

He also closed the door with three straight outs in the 10th-inning of the club's 5-4 win in Game 4. The 35-year-old Sanchez tossed five innings of one-run ball on four hits against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS-a 10-4 loss. Take the home team to continue their hot hitting streak and pull away with a win.

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