Cardinals vs. Nationals Game 4 Picks, Odds & Predictions: Will Washington Sweep?
Jeff Curry, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Dakota Hudson
- The Washington Nationals are betting favorites to advance to the World Series on Tuesday night. The odds opened at -155 and they've continued to move in their direction.
- The over/under for the game sits at 7.5 and our MLB betting expert Sean Zerillo find value in a bet on the total.
Cardinals vs. Nationals Picks, Odds & Predictions
Probable starters: Dakota Hudson (16-7, 3.35 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (14-7, 3.25 ERA)
- Cardinals odds: +145
- Nationals odds: -170
- Over/Under: 7.5
- First pitch: 8:05 p.m. ET on TBS
On Tuesday night, the Nations can advance to their first World Series in franchise history; within a week of winning their first playoff series as the Washington Nationals, and their first since 1981 – when they were still the Montreal Expos.
The Nats currently lead the Cardinals 3-0 in the NLCS, with two home games left to play, and will send out an elite starter for the third consecutive day with offseason signing Patrick Corbin set to pitch.
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Corbin nearly became the scapegoat in the NLDS, allowing six runs in relief to the Dodgers in a Game 3 loss, before Washington rallied to win the final two games in the series.
However, Corbin has made two relief appearances since then, recording five consecutive outs, and will make his first start on Tuesday since Oct. 3 – when he fell to the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS.
When Bryce Harper left in the offseason, the Nats used some of his money on Corbin’s six-year, $140 million deal. Can the lefty now help Washington clinch the NL Pennant for the first time in their franchise history?
Both Corbin and Hudson will be making their second career playoff starts on Tuesday, but that’s about where their similarities end.
Corbin is a power pitcher with high strikeout and walk totals, who has shown a propensity to allow hard contact when opposing batters can square him up.
Meanwhile, Hudson is a young ground-ball specialist who relies on his sinker to get him out of trouble in big spots.
And as I have argued in the past, he’s also extremely overdue for regression.