The St. Louis Cardinals (45-41) will visit the Washington Nationals (41-46), Friday at 6:45 PM ET, in the first game of a four-game series.

As the favorite, the Cardinals (-181 moneyline odds) visit the Nationals (+151). The scheduled starters are Sonny Gray (9-5) for the St. Louis Cardinals, and Patrick Corbin (1-8) for the Washington Nationals.

The Cardinals won their last contest versus the Pirates by a 3-2 score yesterday, with John King picking up the win pitching throwing two innings without giving up an earned run on two hits. Dylan Carlson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead them offensively.

The Nationals defeated the Mets 1-0 yesterday. Jesse Winker led the way offensively after going 1-for-1 with a home run and an RBI, and Jake Irvin got the win, throwing eight innings without giving up an earned run on one hit, while striking out eight.

Here’s everything you need to get ready for Friday’s Cardinals vs. Nationals game, including viewing options.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals odds and betting lines

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook. Odds updated Friday at 9:16 AM ET. For a full list of sports betting odds, access USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub.

  • Favorite: Cardinals (-181, bet $181 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Nationals (+151, bet $100 to win $151)
  • Over/under: 9

Cardinals vs. Nationals: Live streaming info & game time

  • Game Day: Friday, July 5, 2024
  • Game Time: 6:45 PM ET
  • Stadium: Nationals Park
  • TV Channel: Bally Sports
  • Live Stream: Fubo (Watch for free)

Cardinals stats and trends

Cardinals betting records

  • The Cardinals have won 23, or 54.8%, of the 42 games they’ve played as favorites this season.
  • This season St. Louis has won two of its six games when favored by at least -181 on the moneyline.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Cardinals have a 64.4% chance to win.
  • Games involving St. Louis have gone over the total set by bookmakers in 37 of 85 chances this season.
  • The Cardinals are 44-40-0 against the spread this season.

Sonny Gray (Cardinals probable starter)

  • The Cardinals are sending Gray (9-5) to make his 16th start of the season as he goes for his 10th win. He is 9-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 109 strikeouts through 87 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his most recent outing on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds, the right-hander tossed 4 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs while surrendering seven hits.
  • The 34-year-old has put up a 2.98 ERA and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings across 15 games this season, while allowing a batting average of .200 to opposing hitters.
  • Gray has seven quality starts under his belt this year.
  • Gray enters the game with 13 outings of five or more innings pitched this campaign.
  • He has made four appearances this season in which he did not surrender an earned run.
  • He will match up with a Nationals squad that is hitting .235 as a unit (21st in MLB). It is also slugging a collective .364 (26th in MLB) with 71 total home runs (29th in MLB).
  • Among qualifying pitchers in MLB action this season, the 34-year-old ranks 13th in ERA (2.98), ninth in WHIP (.992), and seventh in K/9 (11.2).

Cardinals batting stats

  • The Cardinals rank 24th in Major League Baseball with 82 home runs.
  • The offense for St. Louis has a slugging percentage of .378 this season, 19th in MLB.
  • The Cardinals rank 17th in MLB with a .240 team batting average.
  • St. Louis is among the lowest-scoring teams in the majors, ranking 26th with just 342 total runs (4.0 per game) this season.
  • The Cardinals have an on-base percentage of .306 this season, which ranks 20th in the league.
  • St. Louis ranks 18th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.5 whiffs per contest.

Nationals stats and trends

Nationals betting records

  • The Nationals have been chosen as underdogs in 72 games this year and have walked away with the win 33 times (45.8%) in those games.
  • This year, Washington has won 12 of 26 games when listed as at least +151 or worse on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Nationals have a 39.8% chance of coming away with a victory in the contest.
  • Washington and its opponents have gone over in 41 of its 87 games with a total set by sportsbooks this season.
  • In 86 games with a line this season, the Nationals have a mark of 49-37-0 against the spread.

Patrick Corbin (Nationals probable starter)

  • Corbin makes the start for the Nationals, his 18th of the season. He is 1-8 with a 5.49 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his last time out on Sunday, the lefty tossed six innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up four earned runs while surrendering eight hits.
  • The 34-year-old has amassed an ERA of 5.49, with 6.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 17 games this season. Opponents have a .301 batting average against him.
  • Corbin is trying to secure his fifth quality start of the season in this outing.
  • Corbin is trying for his 12th straight appearance lasting five or more innings. He averages 5.6 frames per start.
  • He has had one outing this season that he held his opponents to zero earned runs.
  • He will face a Cardinals offense that ranks 17th in the league with 694 total hits (on a .240 batting average). The squad also slugs a collective .378 (19th in the league) with 82 total home runs (24th in MLB play).
  • Among qualifying pitchers in MLB action this season, the 34-year-old’s 5.49 ERA ranks 69th, 1.526 WHIP ranks 70th, and 6.2 K/9 ranks 66th.

Nationals batting stats

  • The Nationals have hit 71 home runs this season, the second-lowest total in MLB action.
  • So far this year, Washington’s .364 slugging percentage is the fifth-lowest percentage in baseball.
  • The Nationals rank 21st in MLB with a .235 batting average.
  • Averaging 4.1 runs per game (358 total), Washington is the 20th-highest scoring team in baseball.
  • The Nationals are 22nd in baseball with an on-base percentage of .304.

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