Game Preview: Nationals vs Cardinals 4/21/15

Having finally won their first series against their division rivals and long time enemies, the Phillies, the Nationals welcome the St. Louis Cardinals into town.

After scuffling to start the season, the Nationals are doing well for themselves right now having won 4 of their last 5 games. Today, The Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the mound, while the Cardinals will send Lance Lynn in turn. Having finally won a series, the Nationals seem to have some momentum going into their series against the Cardinals and the offense seems to be clicking as well. In their last 5 games, the Nationals have scored 25 runs, while keeping opposing teams to 15. The Nationals were able to sure up the defense as well when Denard Span came off the disabled list on Sunday against the Phillies. The Nationals will have another everyday player back today as well, as Yunel Escobar had been out for a few days with a reported groin strain. With the Nationals beginning to hit well and getting some of their regular players back from injuries, things are really looking up. The Nationals will need the offense against the Cardinals for sure, but given the strong offense of the St. Louis Cardinals, they'll need their pitchers on top of their game as well.

Lance Lynn has had a nice start to his season, accumulating a 1.64 ERA and a 10.6 K/9. Lynn picked up a win in his first start of the season against the Cubs, going 6 frames and striking out 9, all while allowing only 1 earned run. Lynn's second start was equally good, but he didn't last as long going 5 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 4 against the Brewers. The Nationals would love to give Lynn his first bad performance of the season, which may be possible as current Nationals have a .756 OPS in 56 plate appearances against him.


Lance Lynn vs. Current Nationals
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Ian Desmond 13 11 3 1 0 0 2 1 6 .273 .385 .364 .748 0 0 0 1 0
Danny Espinosa 10 9 3 0 0 2 4 1 1 .333 .400 1.000 1.400 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Zimmerman 9 9 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 .111 .111 .444 .556 0 0 0 0 2
Bryce Harper 8 7 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 .143 .250 .571 .821 0 0 0 0 1
Dan Uggla 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .200 .333 .200 .533 0 0 0 0 0
Yunel Escobar 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Zimmermann 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Lobaton 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 56 51 11 1 0 4 8 4 18 .216 .286 .471 .756 0 0 0 1 3
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Generated 4/21/2015.

Gio Gonzalez has had a respectable start to his season, with the high 5.11 ERA after his 2 starts being the product of small sample size. He went at least 6 innings in both starts and hasn't allowed more than 4 earned runs a game in either start. While Gio would likely not be happy allowing 4 runs like in his last game, his 6 strikeouts and only 2 walks are definitely positive. Gio managed to pick up his first win of the season in his last start against Boston and has a good chance to keep things moving in a positive direction given his history against current Cardinals. After 147 plate appearances, the Cardinals have a subpar .525 OPS against the Nationals left hander. If Gio can have a typical game against this St. Louis lineup, the Nationals will be in good shape.


Gio Gonzalez vs. Current Cardinals
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Jason Heyward 27 25 6 1 0 0 4 2 4 .240 .296 .280 .576 0 0 0 0 1
Jhonny Peralta 22 16 3 1 0 1 2 5 4 .188 .364 .438 .801 0 1 0 0 1
Peter Bourjos 16 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 .125 .125 .125 .250 0 0 0 0 0
Yadier Molina 14 13 3 2 0 0 1 1 1 .231 .286 .385 .670 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Reynolds 14 9 1 0 0 0 1 5 5 .111 .429 .111 .540 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Holliday 13 11 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 .091 .231 .182 .413 0 0 0 0 2
Jon Jay 13 10 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .300 .385 .300 .685 0 1 0 0 0
Pete Kozma 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .125 .222 .125 .347 0 0 0 0 1
Matt Carpenter 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Wacha 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Wainwright 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .250 .000 .250 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Adams 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Tony Cruz 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Carlos Villanueva 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 147 126 22 6 0 1 10 19 37 .175 .279 .246 .525 0 2 0 0 5
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Generated 4/21/2015.


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