1:15 pm
September 8

Nationals @ Cardinals

Who will WIN this matchup?

Washington Nationals (48-88)

@ St. Louis Cardinals (80-56)


Starting Pitchers:

Gray (WSH): 7-9; 4.91 ERA

Wainwright (STL) 10-9; 3.21 ERA


Current odds:

Washington Nationals: (+221)

St. Louis Cardinals: (-270)


• The starting line-up for the Nationals is as follows:


• The starting line-up for the Cardinals is as follows:

• Right-hander Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina will make history Thursday when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Washington Nationals. They will make their 324th start together as batterymates — tying Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan of the 1963-75 Detroit Tigers for most in major league history.

• The Cardinals (81-56) have won nine of 11 games coming into the finale of the four-game series. The Nationals (48-89) have lost two in a row after winning five of six.

• Wainwright (10-9, 3.21 ERA) is looking to rebound from a difficult outing. On Saturday, he allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings but still earned an 8-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

• Wainwright is 10-5 with a 3.09 ERA in 19 career appearances against the Nationals, including 17 starts.

• Washington’s Thursday starter, Josiah Gray (7-9, 4.91 ERA), is coming off an uneven performance against the New York Mets. He allowed six runs on six hits and four walks in five innings during a 7-3 loss on Friday. Gray took a 5-0 loss to the Cardinals on July 31 in his only career start against them. He gave up four runs on five hits and two walks, with Corey Dickerson’s three-run homer doing most of the damage.

• While the Nationals are testing several very good young players this season, they have also gained offensive mileage from minor league veteran Joey Meneses, who is batting .339 with a .368 on-base percentage and a .567 slugging percentage through his first 31 games. The 30-year-old rookie has eight doubles, seven homers and 17 RBIs.

StreakSmarter Pick
St. Louis Cardinals