EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (0-3, 23.40 ERA, 4.00 WHIP, 10 strikeouts) Nationals: Max Scherzer (0-1, 7.11 ERA, 2.05 WHIP, 24 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Nationals -172, Cardinals +150; over/under is 8 runs BOTTOM LINE: Washington and St. Louis will play on Wednesday. The Nationals are 4-5 on their home turf. The Washington offense has compiled a .
The Washington Post argues that a star-less starting rotation would spell disaster for the Nats, and that conclusion is mostly correct; but there’s something left to be desired in the current iteration of the rotation. Max Scherzer is pitching well (2.37 ERA, 3.75 FIP, 59 ERA-), but it’s important to note that while his ERA is over a run better than a year ago, his FIP has actually marginally risen (his ERA- has improved).
Martinez decided to put Andrew Stevenson up top, with a red-hot Josh Harrison, who finally struck out for the first time this season last night, in his 31st plate appearance, at No. and Turner at No. against veteran righty Adam Wainwright.