Just eight matches on Monday’s MLB schedule and obviously the best matchup is a string opener from St. Louis as the Washington Nationals see city in what might be a movie preview. In case the postseason were to begin on Monday — suggestion: it doesn’t — the Nationals are the NL’s best Wild-Card team along with the Cardinals are the NL Central winner. However, the Cardinals are just up two games on the Cubs from the Central in order theory we can visit a Washington vs. St. Louis Wild-Card Game. Those 2 teams met in the 2012 NLDS with the Cardinals winning in five games. The Nationals, Yankees Cardinals and Dodgers are the only teams to have records in each year since 2012.
Washington hosted St. Louis for four games out of April 29-May 2 along with the Cardinals took three of these — that the Nationals were a small mess which early in the summer but turned things around starting May 24. Harrison Bader had a good show, batting .357 having a homer and four RBIs. Marcell Ozuna was first 6-for-17 with three knocked in and 2 rebounds. Paul Goldschmidt was only along with Matt Carpenter 1-for-16 with 11 Ks. Howie Kendrick directed the Nationals in hitting .429 vs. the Cardinals. Adam Eaton and Victor Robles had the only two Washington homers in the sequence. The Nats were outscored 15-8.
St. Louis has won the home portion of the year show each of the past couple of years. It was 3-1 in 2018.
Washington starts Cy Young rival Stephen Strasburg (17-6, 3.49). He even signed up a seven-year, $175 million extension with the group in May 2016 however is pitching so well and has stayed healthy that it is expected that the former No. 1 overall selection will opt out of the bargain that winter to test free service. Not sure the Nationals could manage him with all they are spending Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin to fellow studs.
Strasburg leads the National League in wins and is second in strikeouts (229), third in innings (191) and sixth in WHIP (1.05). The right-hander comes off a win at Minnesota. That lone Washington win against the Cardinals earlier this year was with Strasburg around the mound as he allowed one run and six hits over 6.2 innings with nine strikeouts.
He has started seven occasions in his career against St. Louis and is 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. Ozuna hits him well career, moving. He’s the only Cardinal. Goldschmidt is 6-for-21 using two doubles.
It is good-looking right-hander Dakota Hudson (15-7, 3.38) for the Cardinals. The 25-year-old did as Hudson permitted two runs and four hits over six innings have a streak snapped last time out but it was his fault. He enabled his road homer and tied his season high by walking five.
Hudson is currently now making his sixth career look and start against the Nationals. It’s his first start against the Nationals at Busch Stadium. Hudson took the reduction on May 2 opposite Strasburg , allowing two runs over six. He got a relief win from Washington at August 2018 at Busch. No Washington batter has homered him off. Ryan Zimmermann is currently 1-for-1 using 3 RBIs and a double.
Can the Cardinals have nearer Carlos Martinez? Likely not. He was not accessible on Sunday from the Brewers because of respiratory difficulties and was hospitalized on Saturday night. The Cards may have used him as they allowed four runs at the 7-6 loss, with all four coming with two outs onto a Ryan Braun grand slam. The Cardinals lost their very first home series since July 26-28 vs. Houston. When carrying a guide they are now 73-4.
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