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The Nationals visited Busch Stadium in late April and won each game of their three-game series with the Cardinals behind three great outings from their starters. Now, the Cardinals are in Washington for four contests, hoping they can fare in a similar manner.
Joe Ross will pitch for the Nationals in the first game of the four-game series. Ross’s last outing came against the Marlins in Miami, lasting 5 2/3 innings and allowing two earned runs while striking out seven. The Cardinals will counter with Mike Leake, who held the Diamondbacks scoreless through seven innings in his last outing.
The second game of the series will feature Max Scherzer for the Nationals. Scherzer pitched against the Marlins his last time out and whiffed eight batters through his eight innings of two-run ball. Jaime Garcia will go for the Cardinals. Garcia took on the Diamondbacks in his last game and had his worst start of the season. The Diamondbacks knocked Garcia around for five earned runs on ten hits through 2 1/3 innings.
Gio Gonzalez will toe the rubber for Washington in the third game of the set. Gonzalez faced the Mets in Queens in his last starts and was knocked around a bit. Through five innings, Gonzalez allowed seven earned runs. Adam Wainwright — who took on the Cubs in his last time out — will oppose Gonzalez. Wainwright lasted six innings and surrendered three earned runs on seven hits and three walks.
Stephen Strasburg will pitch for the Nationals in the finale of the season series. Strasburg’s last pair of starts have been against the Mets, and he has allowed three earned runs and struck out 21 batter over those two outings. Michael Wacha will serve as Strasburg’s counterpart. Wacha is coming off his third straight start that has equaled no more than four innings. Over those starts, Wacha has allowed sixteen earned runs.
STL: Randal Grichuk, center fielder. Grichuk has eight hits in his last 21 at-bats with five RBIs and two homers.
WAS: Daniel Murphy, second baseman. In his most recent 28 at-bats, Murphy has recorded eleven hits, including two home runs and is slugging .643,