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  W: J. Flaherty (2-0)   L: S. Strasburg (0-1)
4:45 PM PT5:45 PM MT6:45 PM CT7:45 PM ET19:45 ET23:45 GMT7:45 4:45 PM MST6:45 PM EST7:15 PM VEN3:45 UAE (+1)5:45 PM CT, April 13, 2021
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 12,714

Nationals bid for second straight win over Cardinals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. This is the first meeting between these clubs since the Nats' sweep of the Redbirds in the 2019 NLCS, in which St. Louis scored zero or one run in three of the four games. In regular-season play, the Cards have won seven of nine games in the series since September 2018.
  2. At 1-5, Washington is off to its worst start since the 2009 club began 0-6 (eventually going to 0-7 before winning). Only one other time in the franchise's tenure in DC have the Nationals had a start this bad: the 2007 team went 1-5 in its first six games.
  3. Cardinals pitching has been either very good or very bad this season, allowing two runs or fewer four times (4-0) and six runs or more on five occasions (1-4). In no game has St. Louis allowed between three and five runs.
  4. Juan Soto has scored six of Washington's 17 runs, or 35.3 percent -- no other player in MLB has scored as many as a third of his team's runs. In the regular season, Soto has a .132 career average against the Cards (5-for-38), his lowest versus any opponent.
  5. The Cards have four players with at least 500 career RBI; the quartet of Yadier Molina, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and Matt Carpenter has combined to drive in 3,089 runs. Yet it's Dylan Carlson, who has played 44 games in his career, who leads the club with nine RBI in 2021.
  6. A starter this season for the first time in three years, John Gant seeks his first victory since 2019 and his first in a starting role since September 9, 2018. Erick Fedde has faced St. Louis once: on September 4, 2018, he started and allowed four runs in an 11-8 loss.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/12/2021 thru 4/14/2021

The Washington Nationals finally have the lineup they envisioned before the season began.

The Nationals on Monday saw the 2021 debuts of three position players who had been sidelined during the team's COVID-19 outbreak.

First baseman Josh Bell, infielder Josh Harrison and outfielder Kyle Schwarber were reinstated from the injured list and paid immediate dividends, helping the Nationals snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Washington's Stephen Strasburg (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will face fellow right-hander Jack Flaherty (1-0, 5.23) on Tuesday in the second contest of the three-game set in St. Louis. The pair faced off in Game 3 of the 2019 National League Championship Series, which Strasburg and the Nationals won en route to a four-game sweep of the set.

After being shut out in three of their four previous games, the Nationals busted out for 12 hits on Monday. Schwarber was 2-for-5 with an RBI double, Bell had a single, walked twice and scored twice, and Harrison went 1-for-4.

"It's awesome. We missed those guys," third baseman Starlin Castro said. "It makes a difference when they're in there. I didn't really know (they were returning). I just checked it out (Monday) morning and saw those guys were playing, and there was a smile on my face. 'Cause those guys are going to help us."

Closer Brad Hand, who was reinstated over the weekend, picked up his first save.

Starting pitcher Jon Lester is the only player connected to the outbreak who has yet to return. He'll begin working out at the team's alternative training site on Tuesday.

Yadier Molina homered for the Cardinals, who have lost three straight.

Matt Carpenter, who entered the game 0-for-12 on the season, beat the shift with a bunt single in the third inning for his first hit.

"I'm glad to get one on the board," Carpenter said. "You know, sometimes, that first one is the hardest one."

Flaherty threw 101 pitches in his last start, allowing one hit over six scoreless innings for a victory against the Miami Marlins. He struck out six and worked around four walks.

He allowed the first three Marlins to reach base, but catcher Molina picked a runner off and then guided Flaherty along.

"Yadi got me through that first inning. He got me through the whole game," Flaherty said. "When things started to get iffy there at certain points, he got me through it."

Flaherty has only faced Washington once in the regular season, allowing one run on three hits over five innings of a no-decision.

Strasburg was limited to five innings in 2020 before a right wrist injury and eventual carpal tunnel surgery ended his season. He made his 2021 debut on Wednesday against the Braves, permitting one hit and striking out eight over six shutout innings.

"It was awesome to see," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "He looked great. His velo was up a tick, so I think good things to come here soon. But he was throwing strikes, he was pounding the strike zone. He looked really, really good."

Strasburg owns a 3-2 record with a 2.50 ERA in eight career starts versus the Cardinals. Nolan Arenado is 5-for-18 (.278) with two homers versus Strasburg, while Molina is 3-for-11 (.273), Paul Goldschmidt is 6-for-23 (.261) and Carpenter is 4-for-18 (.222).

Also on Monday, the Nationals designated veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy for assignment. He went 5-for-14 with two RBIs in five games.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 13, 2021

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