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Adam Wainwright, Patrick Corbin seek improvement in Cardinals-Nationals matchup

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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

A pair of veteran pitchers will look to bounce back from sub-par outings when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (0-2, 7.11 ERA) faces left-hander Patrick Corbin (0-2, 21.32) in the second game of a three-game series.

In his previous start, Wainwright struck out seven Nationals in five innings last Wednesday but gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits.

Wainwright is 10-5 with a 3.21 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) against Washington. The Nationals' Josh Harrison is 13-for-33 (.394) with one home run against Wainwright and Ryan Zimmerman is 13-for-37 (.351) with three homers. Juan Soto went 2-for-5 and last Wednesday and scored twice.

"I know there's a great pitcher on the mound," Soto said of Wainwright. "He has amazing pitches. I don't try to do too much. Just put the ball in play."

Corbin's last start came Thursday in a loss to the Diamondbacks when he allowed nine earned runs in two innings. He's allowed 15 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over two starts.

"You try to forget about these," Corbin said. "But like I said, I feel all right. I can't think of something off the top of my head. You just get back to the simple things: commanding the strike zone, throwing quality pitches, getting ahead of guys, things like that. Stick to my strengths."

Corbin is 2-2 with a 4.17 ERA in seven starts against the Cardinals. Nolan Arenado is 13-for-47 (.277) with three home runs against Corbin and Yadier Molina is 4-for-16 (.250).

The last time Corbin faced the Cardinals was Game 4 of the 2019 NLCS. He allowed four runs in five innings, picking up the win in the series clincher.

One day after getting shut out in Philadelphia, the Cardinals erupted with five home runs in a 12-5 win on Monday.

Paul DeJong led the way with a grand slam and a solo shot. It was DeJong's second multi-homer game of the season and his five RBIs tied a career high. He has hit safely in six straight games, in which he's batted .318 (7-for-22) with three home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored.

Tommy Edman, Paul Goldschmidt and Justin Williams also homered for the Cardinals, who avenged their loss to Joe Ross last week, when he threw six shutout innings against them.

"Guys were in between last time," DeJong said. "They were kind of late, broken-bat, weak groundballs -- those were the types of things we wanted to avoid. We wanted to stay on the heater outside."

The Cardinals offense has been up and down of late, a pattern DeJong knows they need to break.

"I think (Tuesday) is going to be a real big challenge for us to have discipline," he said. "We've got to keep working together and helping each other."

Ross (1-1), who had pitched 11 scoreless innings coming in, was roughed up for 10 runs on eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

"We haven't gotten any length out of our starters," manager Dave Martinez said. "Our bullpen right now ... they did a great job for us once again, but they're getting taxed. They're pitching way, way too much. We've definitely got to keep an eye on these guys or we won't have a bullpen."

Harrison went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored. He has not struck out in 32 consecutive at-bats, the longest active streak in the majors.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 20, 2021

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