Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals
MLB: 07.00 PM EST
August 13, 2018
The St. Louis Cardinals have been playing good baseball since Mike Shildt took over at the helm for the fired Mike Matheny, winning 16 of 25 ballgames since the managerial switch (including five straight). They will look to continue their winning ways Monday night and gain more ground in the competitive NL Central, as they host the Washington Nationals, who themselves are reeling after a gut-wrenching walk-off loss on Sunday night to the Chicago Cubs.
STARTING PITCHERS: Washington LHP Tommy Milone (1-1, 5.50 ERA) vs. St. Louis RHP Miles Mikolas (12-3, 2.74 ERA)
The Redbirds certainly seem to have drawn the better end of the opener’s pitching matchup, as they will face Tommy Milone, a journeyman left-hander who was pounded by Atlanta in his most recent outing (10 hits, 7 runs in an 8-3 loss). St. Louis will counter with Mikolas, ever the revelation in a starting rotation that projected somewhat shakily at the beginning of 2018. The righty has emerged as the bona fide ace of the Cardinals rotation, and his good form has continued since being selected to the NL All-Star Team; he’s 4-0 in his last 7 starts.
These teams play in different divisions, but this series may be important in determining the eventual playoff picture in the National League. Both clubs sit in third place with a fair amount of ground to make up on the teams above them, and both teams will need to kick their play into a higher gear if they have any hopes of making a postseason appearance. With St. Louis catching the Nats after a Sunday night game in Chicago, riding the momentum of their best starting pitcher, I like the Cards to come out and set the tone early, as they look to win their sixth consecutive game and series.
Our Free MLB Pick: St. Louis Cardinals ML