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  W: J. Ross (1-0)   L: A. Wainwright (0-2)
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 UAE11:15 AM CT, April 14, 2021
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 13,206

Yadier Molina poised to catch 2,000th game for Cards

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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

Yadier Molina will catch his 2,000 game for the St. Louis Cardinals when they host the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

Molina will become the sixth catcher in major league history to reach that plateau -- and the first to do it with one team.

"You put 2,000 games into the context of a 162-game regular season and you say, 'OK, if he caught every single game, how many years would that be, and you go whoa,' " Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "That's amazing."

Shildt marveled at the mental and physical toughness needed to catch that many games. Also, he had to play very well to get those opportunities.

"Anything that has longevity behind it speaks to performance," Shildt said. "Let's don't kid ourselves, this is a performance-driven game. This guy has been a high performer on multiple parts of baseball -- defensively, offensively."

Shildt gave Molina the night off Tuesday as the Cardinals rolled to a 14-3 victory. That set him up to catch his long-time battery mate Adam Wainwright in this afternoon game.

"He's gone 10 in a row," Shildt said of Molina. "We've had some off days sprinkled, which have clearly helped. We have a 12:15 game (Wednesday). So it was really was (play) one of the two. So he'll grab his brother Waino (Wednesday)."

Wainwright (0-1, 8.22 ERA) will make his third start for the Cardinals. In his last outing, he held the Milwaukee Brewers to one run in five innings while striking out six batters during the team's home opener.

In his career, he is 10-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 17 games against the Nationals, including 15 starts.

Former Pirates Josh Bell (7-for-23, double, homer, five RBIs) and Josh Harrison (11-for-31, two doubles, homer, three RBIs) have had some success against Wainwright in their career.

The Nationals, who have lost six of eight games this season, are scheduled to counter with starting pitcher Joe Ross (0-0, 0.00 ERA). He's had to scrape off some rust after opting out of the 2020 season due to his concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I just hadn't really pitched in a while," Ross said. "I was getting built up in spring training. But I think with our extended time off and the length of a full season, hopefully I build up and feel more comfortable going deeper, later in the game."

In his only start this season, Ross threw five scoreless innings in Los Angeles while limiting the Dodgers to two hits and two walks.

"He was really good," Nationals manager Davey Martinez said. "He kept the ball down in the zone, had some good movement on his fastball, good slider and changeup. If he can stay like that, and we have some consistency from him, we're going to be OK."

Ross is 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA in five career appearances against the Cardinals, including three starts. Nolan Arenado (2-for-5, two doubles, RBI) and Molina (2-for-7, two walks, RBI) have fared well against him in limited action.

Ross will have to deal with a lineup that broke out Tuesday night against Stephen Strasburg. The Cardinals got 15 hits, including three homers, and drew seven walks.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 14, 2021

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