What to Watch For: 8/31

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St. Louis Cardinals (71-60) vs. Washington Nationals (79-51)

RHP Adam Wainwright (13-10, 3.63) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (16-7, 3.28)

The Nationals have bounced back from their five-game slide to win two straight, including last night’s 8-1, series-opening victory over the defending World Series Champion Cardinals. Gio Gonzalez looks to follow-up on Edwin Jackson’s strong outing in the second matchup in the four-game set.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Morse LF

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Gonzalez LHP

ABOUT LAST NIGHT…
According to Elias, last night marked Edwin Jackson’s sixth consecutive start in which he had more strikeouts than innings pitched. It’s the longest streak of his big-league career and the third-longest streak of its kind in MLB this season. Jackson is the first former Cardinals pitcher to reach double-figures in strikeouts in a win against St. Louis since Steve Carlton did so in Philadelphia on August 11, 1984.

NOT-SO-GRAND CENTRAL
Although he has never faced the St. Louis Cardinals, Gio Gonzalez is 4-0 with a 3.22 ERA in seven starts against the NL Central in 2012. Note that at .118, Gio ranks fourth among MLB starters and second in the NL in batting average against with two strikes. He trails only matt Cain (.100), Yu Darvish (.102) and Felix Hernandez (.109).

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