The Cardinals return to D.C. today for the first time since rudely knocking the Nationals out of the 2012 playoffs in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
I’m guessing Pete Kozma won’t be getting too many free beers in the district over the next three days.
The Cards, like the Nats, have a 10-8 record on the season. They’ve won six of their last 10.
Shelby Miller, St. Louis’ young stud, will take the mound tonight. He’s gotten off to a really nice start to the season, going 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts.
In his first three starts as a National, Dan Haren has allowed 12 earned runs and 26 hits over 13 1/3 innings.
Three outings, three times exiting the game before seeing the sixth inning. Is April 22 too early for a starter to need a quality performance? Maybe not.
Tonight, Haren gets the Cardinals, a team that has put up 93 runs on the season, fifth-best in the majors.
For the Nats:
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
3B Anthony Rendon
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Dan Haren