Game #71 Nats have Josiah Gray on the mound!

The Washington Nationals are spiraling down with a 9-20 record in the past 29-games, and it all started last month at the hands of the Marlins, and continued through their second beatdown this past weekend as the Fish just took advantage of any Nats mistake and capitalized. All together, the Nats have been swept in both series by Miami to an 0-6 record. Some of it is luck — or in this case some back luck, and some of it is that the Nats are not playing well enough.

Tonight, the teams celebrate the holiday, Juneteenth, and will have some pregame on-the-field celebrations for the holiday. There is also a special ticket that can be purchased for the game that includes a themed t-shirt and a $5 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Nats have Josiah Gray on the mound against the Cardinals. They have been worse than the Nats this year especially considering they were picked as team to win the NL Central. Okay, the Cardinals are a game ahead of the Nats in ths standings, but they have also played an easier schedule. The Cardinals just showed some signs of life over the weekend against the Mets.

For the Cardinals, they have their former ace Jack Flaherty pitching in tonight’s opener.

“We chase a lot. We have some opportunities, and we can’t really capitalize on them. … But right now, we don’t hit the ball

— manager Dave Martinez said after yesterday’s game

The Nats starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.52 for 19th best in MLB.

Here is how they rank:

No. 5 Starter: Jake Irvin 5.25 ERA
No. 4 Starter: Patrick Corbin 4.89
No. 3 Starter: Trevor Williams 4.50
No. 2 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 3.74
No. 1 Starter: Josiah Gray 3.19

Here is your Baseball Savant Statcast link for the game.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals

Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 4:05 pm EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan radio and via the MLB app

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