Among the many crazy storylines so far this season, one is seeing St. Louis in last place in the NL Central with a 2-6 record. The Cardinals will try to avoid sweep in Washington this afternoon.
Besides the lack of hitting, the St. Louis bullpen has been a complete disaster and they will be up against one of the best pitchers in the National League and some large MLB odds.
Mike Leake (0-1, 1.13 ERA) was stellar is his first start of the season, allowing one run over eight innings to Cincinnati. The only problem he received no help from his teammates in 2-0 loss. Leake’s strength as a pitcher is keeping the ball down and inducing a vast number of groundballs. With Washington having scored 22 runs in the series, it will be tantamount Leake keeps the ball low against these hot Nationals hitters and he’s 3-5 with a 4.86 ERA in 11 starts against them.
Max Scherzer (1-0, 2.70) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over 6.2 innings to earn the win in his initial start. The Washington right-hander is one of the best in the game and has four exceptional pitches he can throw for strikes when needed and when he is dialed in, he looks like the king of jungle the way he prowls around mound area after a strikeout. Expect the Cardinals to load up with left-handed batters, since righty’s only hit .189 against the St. Louis native last season. Scherzer is 1-3 with a 3.41 ERA versus the Cards lifetime.