The St. Louis Cardinals host the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the 2019 National League Championship Series on Saturday, and first pitch is scheduled for 4:08 p.m. ET on TBS. The Nationals beat the Cardinals 2-0 in the season-opener behind 8 2⁄3 innings of no-hit baseball from starter Anibal Sanchez.
The Cardinals will start Adam Wainwright. He finished the regular season 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. He started 31 games this season and struck out 153 batters over 171 2⁄3 innings pitched. He made two starts against the Nationals this season. He pitched 13 1⁄3 innings and was 2-0 with eight strikeouts and a 1.35 ERA. He has one playoff start this year, getting a no-decision against the Braves in the NLDS while throwing 7 2⁄3 shutout innings, striking out eight, and giving up four hits and two walks.
The Nationals will start Max Scherzer. He finished the regular season 11-7 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He started 27 games this season and struck out 243 batters over 172 1⁄3 innings pitched. He made two starts against the Cardinals this season. He pitched 13 2⁄3 innings and was 0-2 with 19 strikouts and a 5.27 ERA. He has two playoff start and one relief appearance this year. He has thrown 13 innings with a 2.77 ERA. He got a no-decision in the Wild Card game, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six. He made a one-inning relief appearance against the Dodgers in Game 2, striking out the side. He started Game 4 against the Dodgers and got the win, throwing seven innings and giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven.
The lineups will be announced later this afternoon.
The Nationals are favored over the Cardinals at DraftKings Sportsbook with a money line of -141 to the Cardinals +125. The run line (1.5) has the Nationals -1.5 at +120, while the Cardinals +1.5 is at -139. The run total is seven, with the over favored at -125 to the over at -104. You can also bet on a host of player props and game props.
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