After this game, the Nationals will only have 40-games remaining in the season. They are now a game under .500 at 60-61 on the season. Tanner Roark will start for the Nats tonight in this salvage game in this 4-game series which has all gone the Cardinals way.
Speaking of the Cardinals, Matt Adams who started his career with the Cardinals has not had a hit since August 4th. When Ryan Zimmerman came off the DL, Adams was slashing .287/ .359/ .574/ .934 for the entire season and was in a hot streak. Since being put back on the bench and playing sporadically, Adams has gone ice cold and his season has spiraled down. Zimmerman has put up superior numbers to Adams in the short-term, but you never want to see a key player like Adams fall into a slump as he is needed off the bench.
For now, Jeremy Hellickson will remain on the roster even after he jammed his wrist last night and was removed from the game following a tumble on a play at the plate.
For Fangraphs WAR value, Bryce Harper has skyrocketed in value the last 4 weeks by more than doubling his value to +2.9 WAR.
The Cardinals will start a right-hander tonight, Luke Weaver, who has a 4.66 ERA for them this season. The Nationals will put Adam Eaton back into the lineup and stick with Ryan Zimmerman at 1st base against the righty. Matt Wieters will catch Roark tonight.
Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Stadium: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
1st Pitch: 7:15 pm EDT
TV: MASN; MLB.TV app out-of-network
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Line-ups subject to change without notice:
- Adam Eaton RF
- Trea Turner SS
- Bryce Harper CF
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Juan Soto LF
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Matt Wieters C
- Tanner Roark RHP