2019 MLB National League Championship Series Betting Preview
The stage is set for the 2019 National League Championship Series, and it will be between the Washington Nationals, fresh off an upset victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards defeated the Atlanta Braves in five games of a dramatic series. Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at the upcoming series and the 2019 NLCS odds.
2019 MLB National League Championship Series Preview
Game 1: Nationals (+111) at Cardinals (-125) | Friday, October 11, 8:08 PM EST
Game 2: Nationals at Cardinals | Saturday, October 12, 4:03 PM EST
Game 3: Cardinals at Nationals | Monday, October 14, TBA
Game 4: Cardinals at Nationals | Tuesday, October 15, TBA
*Game 5: Cardinals at Nationals | Wednesday, October 16, TBA
*Game 6: Nationals at Cardinals | Friday, October 18 TBA
*Game 7: Nationals at Cardinals | Saturday, October 19 TBA
What to know about the Washington Nationals
The Nationals were the underdogs in their NLDS matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but in the end, the stacked odds against Washington didn’t matter, as the team upset Dave Roberts’ side in five games. But due to that series needing to go the full route, the Nationals will not have either of their top two pitchers on the mound in Game 1.
That job goes to Anibal Sanchez, who looked great in his Game 3 start against the Dodgers, allowing just an earned run on four hits with nine strikeouts in 5.0 innings of a 10-4 loss. The Nationals’ bullpen, however, ruined Sanchez night.
It’s been an issue in the postseason for the Nationals, whose relievers had a 5.68 ERA in the series against the Dodgers. The Nationals are the underdogs again per the 2019 NLCS odds.
Max Scherzer, one of the best pitchers in the 2019 MLB season, is most likely to get Game 2 duties, while Stephen Strasburg will toe the rubber in Game 3. Scherzer appeared in three games (two starts) in the NLDS, allowing four earned runs on eight hits across 13.0 innings.
The Nationals’ offense will be a threat to the Cardinals’ pitching based on how well they’ve hit of late. Anthony Rendon went 7 for 20 with three doubles against the Dodgers, Ryan Zimmerman was 5 for 12, while Juan Soto had two home runs and six RBIs.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki suffered an injury when he was struck by an errant pitch in Game 5 of the NLDS. Outfielder Victor Robles’s status is still in question. His hamstring injury could still be plaguing him. These two form a critical part of the National’s defense. Without them, the team may struggle against the Cardinals in the league championship series.
What to know about the St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals overcame a 2-1 deficit in the National League Divisional Series against the Atlanta Braves to advance to the NLCS. St. Louis used a 10-run barrage in the first inning of the winner-take-all Game 5 and did not look back in a 13-1 victory in Atlanta last Wednesday.
The Cardinals’ pitching rotation was solid against Washington in the regular season. Game 1 starter Miles Mikolas has gone 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts in Nationals games this year, though, both were quality starts. Adam Wainwright is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA against Washington this season, while Dakota Hudson us 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA.
Jack Flaherty wasn’t able to pitch a game against the Nationals in the regular season, but he’s given up just four earned runs on 13.0 total innings in the NLDS. He also entered October coming off an excellent September in which he went 3-1 with a 0.82 ERA across seven starts.
Paul Goldschmidt, meanwhile, is clearly all pumped up in this postseason. He was a key contributor in the NLDS, hitting .429 and hitting two home runs. Marcell Ozuna has been terrific, too, going 9 for 21 with a pair of homers in the postseason so far. Theses two hitters are among the reasons why the Cardinals are the favorites to win the NLCS, per the 2019 NLCS odds.
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