St. Louis Cardinals flee to Washington, D.C. To play The Nationals – A series Preview

First and foremost, St. Louis has experienced historic rainfall and catastrophic flooding over the past week. My heart goes out to everyone in the affected area and I hope you are all safe. Just a tip from a gal who grew up on a peninsula and knows a thing or two about flooding: Cars can wash away less than two feet of moving water. If you see water moving on a flooded road, please turn. You can check closed routes at traveler.modot.org \ Maps.

In happier news, the St. Louis Cardinals traveled to Washington, D.C. to face the national team. The NATS at 34-66 are fifth in the Eastern National League. The Cardinals are 3-2 over their last two series and last place the Citizens might be an opponent to help the cards get back on track.

Juan Soto will be one of the most important story lines in this series. The Cardinals were rumored to be interested in Soto and were chosen as contenders to get him on the trade deadline. I don’t want to go into that too much, but personally I don’t find that very likely. I think the Soto swap would require the Cardinals to give up Jordan Walker and I don’t think that’s a very palatable option for the organization, at least at a deadline. But you never knew! Let me know what you all think!

The Cardinals face three jugs they haven’t seen often. Friday evening they face Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez started eight games against the Cardinal. He’s spent most of this season on the injured roster – activated two weeks before 60 Days IL when Nats transferred Stephen Strasbourg to 60 Days IL. In his start, he gave up seven runs. He has thrown in the past as many as seven different pitches. In the two phases starting this season, he mainly throws a cutter, alter, punch, and 4 tailor with a cross-curve ball and slider.

On Saturday, Eric Vide will take El Kom for the national team. He participated in only two matches against the Cardinal. He often throws a sinker, a bend ball, and a cutter with a rare change. He’s been a solid target this season even though the ball percentage has fallen this season to 43.5% of his career average of 51.1. He is also severely injured; It ranks in the 10th percentile most affected per baseball teacher.

The Cardinal never faced Paulo Espino as a rookie, starting on Sunday. After nearly 13 years in the minors, Espino made his league debut when he was 33 years old in 2020. The Espino 4 tailor often throws at 88 mph and blends into a curve ball that is in the 97th percentile in MLB in a game Savant baseball. It’s been his best stadium so far this season. It also throws a scroll bar. He doesn’t hit many, but he walks nearly as the fewest hitters in the game with a walk rate of just 4.7%. This season he has a 3.48 ERA and 4.51 FIP which makes him arguably one of the best shooters for the Nationals.

Besides Soto, Josh Bell is the only real threat the Citizens face in the attack. Bell hits Homer 13 and misses only 13.5% of the time. It cuts .302/.387/.490 for the 142 wRC+.

The Cardinals line up well this series. Citizens face a downturn. Hopefully the Cardinals can score some victories.

Matches:

Friday, July 29 at 6:05pm CST: Miles Micholas vs. Anibal Sanchez
Saturday, July 30 at 6:15pm CST: Dakota Hudson vs. Eric Fede
Sunday, July 31 at 12:35pm CST: Andre Balante vs. Paolo Espino

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