Game 138 lineups: Nats at Cardinals (Robles scratched)

ST LOUIS – The Nationals were one out away Wednesday night of victory, of securing at least a four-game split here at Busch Stadium and of clinching a winning road trip against two division leaders. And then … well, you know what happened in the bottom of the ninth.

They still have an opportunity today, however, to achieve all of the above and head home 4-3 against the Mets and Cardinals, which would be no small achievement. They’ll attempt to do so in an early matinee, with a 12:15 p.m. local first pitch on a bright, warm September afternoon here.

Josiah Gray gets the start, and he’ll need to be better than he was in New York, when he allowed six runs to the Mets. These final starts of Gray’s season are important. He really wants to finish on a high note and go into 2023 feeling good about his place near the top of the Nats rotation. To do that, he’s going to have to pitch well against some good lineups still on the schedule, including the Cardinals lineup he’ll face today.

The Nationals, who were completely shut down by left-hander Jordan Montgomery until the seventh inning Wednesday night, now go up against the wily old veteran right-hander, Adam Wainwright, who today pairs up with Yadier Molina for the 324th time as a major league battery, tying the all-time record. Notable switch to Davey Martinez’s lineup: Nelson Cruz has been bumped down to the No. 6 spot after struggling out of the cleanup position.

Update: The Nats have a late lineup change: Victor Robles was scratched with a stiff neck. Alex Call replaces him batting ninth and playing left field. Lane Thomas is now in center field.

Busch Stadium
Gametime: 1:15 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees, wind 4 mph in from right field

LF CF Lane Thomas
2B Luis García
RF Joey Meneses
1B Luke Voit
C Keibert Ruiz
DH Nelson Cruz
3B César Hernández
SS CJ Abrams
CF Victor Robles LF Alex Call

RHP Josiah Gray

2B Brendan Donovan
SS Tommy Edman
1B Paul Goldschmidt
3B Nolan Arenado
LF Corey Dickerson
DH Albert Pujols
RF Alec Burleson
C Yadier Molina
CF Ben DeLuzio

RHP Adam Wainwright

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