The Nats go for a sweep of the Cardinals today (and sweeping the Cardinals at Busch stadium is something they apparently have never done in Nats history. The Nats, with already winning the series, has done that for the first time in 9 years in St. Louis. Game time is 2:15pm, and the weather forecast has improved.
Max Scherzer is on the mound for the Nats, and during Saturday’s broadcast he was quoted as saying he has figured out what he was doing wrong. So lets hope he is right and the brooms can come out after today’s game.
The Cardinals have Carlos Martinez pitching today, and has been one of their best pitchers over the last year.
We have some quotes from Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny that are very complimentary to the Nationals:
“The Nats are athletic. You see a team with big power, and you look just at that starting pitching. We already faced Strasburg and then a Ross who was extremely good, and we have Scherzer today. You are going to have your hands full with the starters and the bullpen is good. You have an offense with an MVP right in the middle of it, and guys who are supporting him that are all capable of causing big damage. They are just a well rounded club. Dusty is communicating well with them as far as what the expectation is. They are playing well. We had a chance to do a little bit against Strasburg [and didn’t], and Ross had us on our heels all day.”
Today’s Line-Up (subject to change):
- Matt den Dekker CF
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Bryce Harper RF
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Jayson Werth LF
- Clint Robinson 1B
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Jose Lobaton C
- Max Scherzer RP
Since Lobaton is starting at catcher, it looks like Wilson Ramos may not be back from bereavement leave yet.