The schedule makers put together some odd pairings early in the season and by mid-April, the Washington Nationals and Cardinals will not see each other again until Spring Training of 2022 unless both of these teams were to meet in the 2021 postseason. This season’s finale has Max Scherzer on the mound for the Nats. He is looking at more history today as he enters with 2,808 career strikeouts and just five away from tying Mike Mussina for 21st all-time on the career strikeout list. Of course, Scherzer’s main goal is to put the Nats in the Curly W column.
The Cardinals will send their struggling righthanded starter, Carlos Martinez, to the mound. Martinez is 0-3 on the season with a 7.80 ERA. He has had some good results in the past against some of the Nats hitters.
Nats’ manager Dave Martinez will go with his same lineup as last night with the addition of Alex Avila at catcher in place of Yan Gomes. Tomorrow is the Nats first off-day in almost two weeks. This will give a much-needed rest for the bullpen and some of the Nats players who are playing every day.
The next series will match Jacob deGrom and Erick Fedde, Marcus Stroman and Joe Ross and Patrick Corbin will pitch on Sunday. Also pitching on Sunday at the Alternate Training Site will be Jon Lester.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 4:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN, BALLY Sports Midwest, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)
Line-ups subject to change without notice:
1. Andrew Stevenson RF
2. Josh Harrison 2B
3. Trea Turner SS
4. Josh Bell 1B
5. Kyle Schwarber LF
6. Starlin Castro 3B
7. Alex Avila C
8. Victor Robles CF
9. Max Scherzer RHP