The St. Louis Cardinals visit the Washington Nationals on Monday night for Game 3 of the NLCS.
The Washington Nationals are in as good of position as they could hope to be. Two games in St. Louis, and a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series. Things couldn’t have gone better.
Now the Nationals get the next three games at home with a great shot at heading to the World Series. Game 3 of the series shifts to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Monday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:38 p.m. ET. You can watch the game live on TBS (check out their website for more streaming information).
Cardinals vs. Nationals, NLCS Game 3 betting information and odds
Oddsmakers expect the Nationals to take a commanding lead after the third game of the series, with a consensus moneyline of Nationals at -128, implying a 56 percent chance of a victory by Washington. A $100 bet would result in a $78 win for $178 payout. A $100 bet on the Cardinals, at +118, would pay $118 for a $218 payout.
Cardinals vs. Nationals, NLCS Game 3 weather
The weather in Washington on Monday night is expected to be clear and comfortable, with a predicted temperature of 68 degrees at first pitch, per Dark Sky. The temperature by the end of the game should drop to the upper-50s to low-60s and will remain clear.
Cardinals vs. Nationals, NLCS Game 3 pitching matchup: Jack Flaherty vs. Stephen Strasburg
The Cardinals’ World Series hopes at this point fall to the shoulder of Jack Flaherty. The right-hander finished the regular season with a 2.75 ERA (3.46 WHIP). He struck out 10.59 batters per nine innings (231 total) while walking 2.42 per nine innings, throwing just shy of 200 innings.
Opposing batters posted just a .257 wOBA, placing Flaherty in the top 7% in baseball, per Baseball Savant. He’s yet to face the Nationals in 2019, though he drew a no-decision by allowing one run across five innings in September 2018.
For the Nationals, right-hander Stephen Strasburg finished 2019 with a 3.32 ERA (3.25 FIP). He struck out 251 batters (10.81 per nine innings) while walking 2.41 per nine innings.
Strasburg faced the Cardinals twice in 2019, winning the first and taking no decision from the latter. He allowed nine hits in 11-2/3 innings, giving up three runs (all earned), while striking out 15 and walking six.