Game 137 lineups: Nats at Cardinals

ST. LOUIS – The Nationals look to get back on the winning track tonight after seeing their three-game streak end Tuesday night in a pretty lackluster, 4-1 loss to the Cardinals. They’ll certainly need to hit more than that if they want to win this one, and they’ll have a few different names in the lineup as they attempt to do so.

Keibert Ruiz finally gets his long-awaited day off after starting five games in a row. That means Riley Adams is catching and batting eighth. CJ Abrams also gets the night off, somewhat surprisingly. That bumps Ildemaro Vargas to shortstop and opens up third base for César Hernández. (You’ll be pleased to know Nelson Cruz is still in there, batting cleanup.)

Cory Abbott makes this start as the sixth member of the rotation this turn around. It’s the right-hander’s fifth start and 11th overall pitching appearance this season, and he’s mostly given the Nationals a chance when he’s been out there. He’ll face a good test tonight in the Cardinals lineup.

Busch Stadium

Gametime: 7:45 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Mostly clear, 78 degrees, wind 7 mph in from center field

CF Lane Thomas
RF Joey Meneses
1B Luke Voit
DH Nelson Cruz
2B Luis García
3B Cesar Hernandez
SS Ildemaro Vargas
C Riley Adams
CF Victor Robles

RHP Cory Abbott

RF Lars Nootbaar

DH Brendan Donovan
1B Paul Goldschmidt
3B Nolan Arenado
LF Corey Dickerson
CF Tyler O’Neill
2B Nolan Gorman
C Yadier Molina
SS Tommy Edman

LHP Jordan Montgomery

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