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  W: A. Wainwright (13-9)   L: M. Scherzer (10-7)   S: C. Martínez (21)
10:15 AM PT11:15 AM MT12:15 PM CT1:15 PM ET13:15 ET17:15 GMT1:15 10:15 AM MST12:15 PM EST12:45 PM VEN21:15 UAE12:15 PM CT, September 18, 2019
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 37,669

Scherzer faces Wainwright in weighty Nats-Cards matchup

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Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals won three of four between these teams from April 29-May 2, with their pitching staff posting a 1.80 ERA and .192 opponent batting average. Nationals hitters had three extra-base hits in the series, their fewest in any series this season.
  2. St. Louis dropped two of three to Milwaukee over the weekend, including a 7-6 loss on Sunday, their fourth straight loss in one-run games. Immediately before this streak the Cardinals had won five straight one-run games from Aug. 16-Sept. 3.
  3. The Nationals lost two of three against the Braves and are 4-7 since Sept. 4. Over that span, Washington's bullpen has allowed an MLB-high 7.52 ERA and .331 opponent batting average.
  4. Harrison Bader hit .357 (5-for-14) in the Cardinals' previous series against the Nationals. In his career, he has a 1.026 OPS against Washington, his highest against any NL opponent. Bader is slashing .351/.432/.595 against the Nationals and .235/.320/.389 versus all other opponents over his career.
  5. Juan Soto went eight straight games in July without an extra-base hit, tied for the longest streak of his career. Since July 25, Soto has 32 extra-base hits, the most in the National League over that span, and his 17 home runs are third in the NL over that time (Eugenio Suarez, 20; Nolan Arenado, 18).
  6. Anthony Rendon has never homered at Busch Stadium. His 18 games played there are his most at any ballpark without hitting a home run. In his career, Rendon is slashing .279/.355/.368 at Busch Stadium.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/16/2019 thru 9/18/2019
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright will look to continue his strong run when the Cardinals host the Washington Nationals in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday.

The Nationals (83-67) evened the series with a 6-2 win on Tuesday night. Washington has a 1 1/2 game over the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee in the National League wild card race.

St. Louis (84-67) holds a two-game lead over the Cubs and Brewers in the NL Central.

Wainwright (12-9, 4.00 ERA) is 5-1 with a 2.61 ERA in his past seven starts, and he has allowed one run over his past three starts, covering 20 innings.

In his latest outing, Wainwright pitched six scoreless innings in a Friday win against Milwaukee. He gave up two hits and struck out seven with three walks. Wainwright has won seven of his past nine decisions.

"We made an adjustment to my pregame routine, and my last three or four outings have been dramatically different with my energy level out on the field," Wainwright told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Against the Nationals, Wainwright is 9-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 16 games, 14 of them starts. He beat the Nationals on April 30 when he gave up two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Washington right-hander Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.65 ERA) gave up three runs on seven hits, leaving after five innings and 99 pitches in his latest outing, a Friday loss to the Atlanta Braves. It was his first defeat since May 17.

Since returning from the injured list in late August after recovering from a mid-back strain, Scherzer is 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA in five starts.

"It's new, but there's no excuses in this league," Scherzer said of coming back from a rare trip to the IL. "You've got to post, and you've got to go out there with everything you've got, and you've got to execute. Everything's on the line every single time you take the mound. This is Major League Baseball."

Scherzer, a St. Louis native, is 2-5 with a 2.95 ERA in 10 career starts against the Cardinals. He lost to them on May 1 when he allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings.

Nationals manager Davey Martinez was released from the hospital Tuesday following a minor heart procedure but remained at his home in Washington. Bench coach Chip Hale is guiding the Nationals on an interim basis.

Howie Kendrick had three hits, including a home run, Patrick Corbin pitched six strong innings and the Nationals defeated the Cardinals 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Kendrick also had a triple, single and a walk, and Victor Robles added two RBI singles for the Nationals, who improved to 7-9 in September.

Washington's bullpen provided three scoreless innings, one by Fernando Rodney and two by Daniel Hudson.

"It's that time of year," Hudson told "We've got to ride hot hands and just try to get wins any way we can. Whether that's me throwing the eighth and ninth, or Rodney or (Sean Doolittle) or whoever. It's just next man up. Try to ride the hot hands and get these W's, 'cause we really need them right now with this wild-card race being so tight."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 18, 2019

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