No rest for the weary as the Nats have the early scheduled start time at 1:35pm with Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nationals as the Nats need to stop this two game patch where the Nats starters have not performed to ‘ace’ standards.
Michael Wacha pitches for the Cardinals and has a 5.04 ERA and has not been good this season.
Today is the day that we had circled on the calendar as the first day Trea Turner could be called up and guarantee an extra year of team control. While Trea Turner is not getting called up today, it should not be much longer.
The Cardinals had a paternity leave situation with Matt Carpenter and they called up Greg Garcia in his place. When Carpenter returned, they did not send Garcia back as they DFA’d Ruben Tejada instead.
Here are the Nats stats against Michael Wacha:
Here is Stephen Strasburg‘s stats against the Cardinals:
Lineups (subject to change without notice):
- Ben Revere LF
- Michael Taylor CF
- Bryce Harper RF
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Wilson Ramos C
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Stephen Strasburg RHP
The Nats are now ranked 20th in RISP BA and 9th worst team in the Majors for runs scored via RISP situations. The Nats are 3 innings away from 6 entire games without scoring 1 run via a RISP hit.
Here is a glimpse into Dusty Baker ball from Dusty’s quote of the week, “I don’t know why I do stuff sometimes. Sometimes I go by the numbers. Sometimes I go on what I feel. Sometimes I go on what I hope.”