MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis0 1 3 2 5 0 0 1 0 12121
Washington0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 570
  W: J. Flaherty (3-0)   L: J. Ross (1-1)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, April 19, 2021
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 7,542

Joe Ross looks for even more as Nationals face Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals

  1. These teams will square off in their second head-to-head series of 2021 after they had not crossed paths since the 2019 NLCS, which the Nats swept in four games. With two wins in three games in St. Louis last week, Washington is 6-1 in the last seven games between the clubs, postseason included.
  2. In 2021, St. Louis has scored 52 runs in its seven victories, with 14 home runs and an .806 OPS. In eight defeats, the Redbirds have put up 19 runs, gone deep six times, and compiled an OPS of .558. The Cards are 4-0 when scoring seven or more runs and 3-8 when failing to reach that figure.
  3. The Nationals are the only team that has failed to score seven runs in any game this season. They have scored six runs on five occasions (3-2 record) and have also been shut out three times. They are 0-4 when failing to hit a home run.
  4. Yadier Molina leads MLB catchers with 17 hits and 12 RBI and is tied for the lead among backstops with 10 runs. Molina played one game against the Montreal Expos in his rookie season of 2004 and is one of three active players who played against the franchise before it moved to DC (joined by Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera).
  5. Trea Turner leads the Nats with four home runs, tied for the most among MLB shortstops (Javier Baez, Bo Bichette). Turner is hitting .429 (9-for-21) as the team's leadoff hitter and only .226 (7-for-31) in the No. 2 spot.
  6. After ranking sixth in the NL with a 2.75 ERA in 2019, Jack Flaherty has a 4.69 mark in 12 starts in 2020 and '21. Joe Ross has not allowed a run in 11.0 innings this season, while the rest of the Nationals' starters have a 6.35 ERA.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/19/2021 thru 4/21/2021

The Washington Nationals are dealing with issues involving three members of their starting rotation.

No. 5 starter Joe Ross isn't one of them.

Ross (1-0, 0.00), who elected not to play in 2020, has not given up a run in 11 innings over two starts. He makes his third start Monday when the Nationals host the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series.

On Wednesday, he threw six shutout innings in a win at St. Louis, allowing four hits and striking out five.

"It feels good," Ross said. "Obviously, coming back and having a good start to the season in general, it's always a good feeling to start strong."

Ross' success is all the more important considering the status of other pitchers in the rotation aside from ace Max Scherzer.

Jon Lester, who began the season on the COVID-related injured list, has yet to make a start. Patrick Corbin (0-2, 21.32), who pitches Tuesday, has been hit hard in his first two starts, and then there's Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday morning and placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. With his velocity down, Strasburg allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in a 14-3 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

"We talked to him after the game, and he said he felt fine," manager Dave Martinez said Sunday. "He went through his regular routine this whole week, and after his bullpen -- which he threw well -- he said he didn't feel right. That was an indication we needed to get him checked out."

In six career appearances against the Cardinals, including four starts, Ross is 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA.

The Nationals got a solid emergency start from Paolo Espino (0-1) on Sunday. He allowed two runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings, but Washington lost 5-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks, settling for a split of a four-game series.

Shortstop Trea Turner hit two solo home runs, recording his sixth career multi-home run game. He is 9-for-21 (.429) with two doubles, two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored across the past five games.

Jack Flaherty (2-0, 4.11) makes his fourth start of the season for St. Louis. He was on the plus side last Tuesday, allowing a run on three hits and no walks over five inning innings against the Nationals. He struck out six while the Cardinals' offense exploded for 15 hits.

"I just got to sit back and watch," said Flaherty, who is 1-0 over two career starts against Washington with a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings.

On offense, the Cardinals rank 12th in the NL with a .221 team batting average and 11th with a .304 on-base percentage. They had a pair of offensive outbursts in the past week, but have also scored two or fewer runs in their last four defeats over a stretch of six games.

On Sunday, Aaron Nola tossed a two-hit shutout as the Phillies defeated the Cardinals 2-0. St. Louis had only three baserunners.

Among the struggling Cardinals is third baseman Matt Carpenter, who is hitting .069 (2-for-29), including a home run off Strasburg last week.

"Certainly, nobody's more disappointed with the way this is going than me," Carpenter said Sunday. "I mean, I individually have been off to a start that isn't ideal. I've hit the ball hard, but at the end of the day, hits and production are what matters. We're all frustrated, but at the same time, it's way too early to panic, by any means."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 19, 2021

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