St. Louis to visit Washington Tuesday
St. Louis Cardinals (18-10, first in the NL Central) vs. Washington Nationals (12-15, fourth in the NL East)
Washington; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cardinals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Washington and St. Louis will play at Nationals Park on Tuesday.
The Nationals are 6-9 on their home turf. Washington has hit 41 home runs this season, eighth in the league. Juan Soto leads the club with six, averaging one every 16.8 at-bats.
The Cardinals are 6-6 on the road. St. Louis leads the National League in hitting with a .270 batting average, Jose Martinez leads the team with an average of .351. The Cardinals won the last meeting 6-3. Michael Wacha secured his second victory and Harrison Bader went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for St. Louis. Patrick Corbin registered his first loss for Washington.
TOP PERFORMERS: Soto leads the Nationals with 22 RBIs and is batting .248. Adam Eaton has 10 hits and is batting .244 over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 3-7, .235 batting average, 5.06 ERA, outscored by 13 runs
Cardinals: 8-2, .300 batting average, 4.00 ERA, outscored opponents by 19 runs
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Trevor Rosenthal: 10-day IL (infection), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Ryan Zimmerman: 10-day IL (right foot plantar fasciitis), Trea Turner: 10-day IL (finger), Anthony Rendon: day-to-day (elbow).
Cardinals Injuries: Mike Mayers: 10-day IL (shoulder), Carlos Martinez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Luke Gregerson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Justin Williams: 10-day IL (hand).