Game #48 in the first game of the 4 game series against the Cardinals: Game Thread

The schedule makers put the 2 Cardinals series for the regular season within the first 2 months of this season which will make this the final regular season series against the Cardinals. The Nationals swept the Cardinals in a 3 game series in St. Louis, and did it without Ben Revere and tonight the starting line-up will be without Daniel Murphy who gets the night off. The Cardinals will be playing without Matt Carpenter who is on the paternity leave list for at least today and most likely tomorrow also.

The projected starters for each team during this 4 game series are:

Game 1 (tonight): Mike Leake and Joe Ross
Game 2 (Friday): Jaime Garcia and Max Scherzer
Game 3 (Saturday): Adam Wainwright and Gio Gonzalez
Game 4 (Sunday): Michael Wacha and Stephen Strasburg

Mike Leake pitches tonight for the Cardinals and has thrown 55 1/3 innings with a 4.07 ERA and in a strange coincidence when he was traded last year to the Giants, he pitched for them 55 1/3 innings with a 4.07 ERA.

Leake was a starter against Strasburg in St. Louis in the first game of that series also and took the loss for the Cardinals.

Here are your Nats stats against Mike Leake:

Here is Joe Ross‘ stats against the Cardinals:

Line-ups (subject to change without notice):

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Jayson Werth LF
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  5. Anthony Rendon 3B
  6. Wilson Ramos C
  7. Stephen Drew 2B
  8. Danny Espinosa SS
  9. Joe Ross RHP
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