Jun 14, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT
There was a point back in April when Stephen Strasburg looked out of whack. He sported a 6.00 ERA, was surrendering more hits than he had at any previous time in his career and seemed to have trouble deciding when and how to use all four of his pitches. Then Strasburg faced the Cardinals on April 20, and he’s been a completely different pitcher since. The right-hander went back to basics, ditching his new slider, held St. Louis to two runs in six innings and began a stretch of 10 starts in which he’s gone 5-2 with a 2.04 ERA, 75 strikeouts and only 10 walks.
Tonight, Strasburg faces the Cardinals again, this time at Busch Stadium. He now owns a 2.99 ERA, not to mention a league-leading 108 strikeouts. He’ll be going up against the same man he faced April 20 in D.C.: Shelby Miller, who didn’t allow a run in 5 1/3 innings that day but issued five walks.
A reminder that tonight’s game is on Fox. Kenny Albert and Tom Verducci have the call. Here’s the coverage map, in case you don’t live in the immediate area. Enjoy the game and check back for analysis in the morning…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox (coverage map), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly clear, 79 degrees, Wind 11 mph RF to LF
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Stephen Strasburg
3B Matt Carpenter
2B Mark Ellis
LF Matt Holliday
RF Allen Craig
C Yadier Molina
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
CF Peter Bourjos
RHP Shelby Miller
HP Rob Drake
1B Alan Porter
2B Joe West
3B Marty Foster
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
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SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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