Nationals At Cardinals In Possible Playoff Preview

By: Don Best Staff | Thursday, September 27, 2012

Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Betting Preview
09/28/12, 8:15 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Cardinals -145, O/U 8
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Washington Nationals: Davey Johnson and the Nats (94-61, +22.3 units) took a magic number of four to clinch the NL East into Thursday night's finale at Philadelphia, the outcome still pending.  They were also looking to improve on an MLB-best 46-31 road mark in that contest, though they are just 4-14 in the latest edition of Busch Stadium.  Edwin Jackson gets the call in Friday's series opener, and the veteran right-hander will be looking to even his record with a 10th victory on the season.  Washington has dropped his last three assignments with Jackson taking a no-decision in his past couple of trips to the mound.  He beat his former St. Louis teammates at Nationals Park on Aug. 30, working eight frames and allowing just one unearned run while striking out 10.  That was Jackson's first and only career win against the Cards, and he will look to improve upon an already stingy 2.75 lifetime ERA (36 IP) on Friday.

St. Louis Cardinals: Following an day off on Thursday, the Cardinals (84-72, -7.1 units) get back to the business of wrapping up their second straight NL wild card in hopes of defending the 2011 World Series title.  St. Louis' magic number for claiming one of two NL wild cards was four heading into Thursday's action.  The Redbirds are returning home from a 4-2 road trip through Chicago and Houston, and will close out the season in St. Louis with this series followed by a visit from the Reds.  Adam Wainwright makes his third attempt to pick up win number 14 of the season after not figuring into the decision his last two starts, both Cardinal victories.  The Nats pounded on Wainwright in Washington about a month ago, chasing him in the third with six runs on the evening.  The big righty has a 3-3 lifetime record against the Nationals with a 3.89 ERA and 45 Ks in 44 innings.

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