The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals are scheduled to clash at Nationals Park for the second game of a three-game series. The Cardinals got things started off in a big way with a 12-5 win on Monday night. Joe Ross was hammered for 8 hits and 10 earned runs in 4.1 innings of work. He was the difference in the game, as the Cardinals jumped all over him to jump out to a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the 4th inning.
Jack Flaherty was productive through 6 innings on the bump. Flaherty allowed 2 earned runs and he received plenty of run support from his offense. The Cardinals moved to 8-8 on the season with the win. They lost two of three games against the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend before getting back on track in Washington.
The Cardinals’ offense was lifeless on Sunday, as they were shutout against Aaron Nola who went the distance. Nola pitched a complete game, with just 2 hits allowed and 10 strikeouts. He didn’t issue a walk in that dominant performance against the Cardinals. The Cardinals woke up against Ross, though, as he was helpless on the bump. Paul DeJong was the big performer for the Cards last night.
He recorded 5 RBI and 2 home runs on 2-for-4 hitting. This is a wide open NL Central that could go down to the wire. The Cincinnati Reds are up with a record of 9-6, while the Chicago Cubs are last at 6-9. There isn’t a whole lot of room separating the top and bottom of the division. The Cubs are only three games back of the Reds for the lead in the NL Central.
The Nationals are only two years removed from winning the World Series. They are the defending 162-game schedule champions. Remember the Los Angeles Dodgers won last season in a 60-game schedule, and while they don’t deserve an asterisk, baseball is meant to be a marathon and not a sprint. How quickly things can change, though, as the Nats are no longer a contender, and entering tonight with a record of 5-9.
Adam Wainwright, who has defied the odds and has been successful despite aging and injuries in recent years, has been struggling out of the gate in 2021. Wainwright got his ERA back under 4.00 last season, but he hasn’t been in the best of form so far this season. Lefty Patrick Corbin is expected to counter for the Nats. He hasn’t been off to a smooth start either. Head below for our free Cardinals vs. Nationals pick on April 20, 2021.
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The St. Louis Cardinals are going to send Adam Wainwright to the bump for his fourth start this season. Wainwright has been well off the mark through 12.2 innings of work. He’s allowed 19 hits, 5 walks, and 10 earned runs for a 7.11 ERA. Wainwright saw the Nationals last week and he gave up 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 5 innings. A couple of runners found first base with a walk against Wainwright.
That game could have gone a lot worse for him, as he was constantly fighting to get out of innings with runners on the bases. This Nationals lineup has had a lot of success against Wainwright over the years. They’re hitting .299 with a .346 OBP, which includes 10 home runs and 27 RBI against Wainwright in 250 at-bats. There’s a lot of history between these hitters and Wainwright, and most have enjoyed plenty of success against him.
After getting hot last night following a dreadful performance Sunday, expect the Cardinals to look comfortable at the plate in this one. Patrick Corbin has been all over the place this season, so the Cardinals can still win this game if Wainwright isn’t on track Tuesday night. Corbin is looking for a bounce back performance after struggling against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Corbin has largely been reliable in his nine-year major league career, but he showed signs of frustration last year.
He posted an ERA of 4.66 and 1.57 WHIP for his worst season since a 5.15 ERA in 2016. Corbin has gotten rocked for a 21.32 ERA with 15 earned runs conceded in 6.1 innings this season. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks collected 12 walks, 7 walks, and 16 runs with Corbin on the bump. Something was off for Corbin in both starts, as his velocity was degrading. I don’t know if he’s going to fix that in just one start. The OVER looks like where to go at Nationals Park.