Nationals vs Cardinals Live: The St. Louis Cardinals are now in a serious 0-2 hole as the Washington Nationals have taken a 2-0 series lead and head home with a chance to close out their opponent in this best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Now it’s time for these teams to face each other again with Game 3 taking place on Monday, October 14, at 4:38 p.m. PT/7:38 p.m. ET at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, and live TV on TBS.
Time: 7:38 p.m. ET
TV channel: TBS
Live stream: TBS.com
After winning the first two games of the National League Championship Series, the Washington Nationals host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 on Monday night at Nationals Park.Washington got two dominant pitching performances in St. Louis, from Anibal Sanchez in Game 1 and Max Scherzer in Game 2. The Cardinals managed only four hits in the first two games and none in the first six innings of either contest.
The Nationals have never been to the World Series, while the Cardinals made their last trip in 2013.Right-hander Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA) gets the start Monday for the Nationals. The 31-year-old has made four appearances in the 2019 postseason, giving up four earned runs with 21 strikeouts in 15 innings. He picked up the win in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers and got a no-decision in the decisive Game 5.
The Cardinals counter with their young ace Jack Flaherty (11-8, 2.75 ERA). The 23-year-old was untouchable in the second half, posting a 0.91 ERA in 15 starts. Flaherty has made two starts in the postseason, giving up four earned runs in 13 innings. He took the loss in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Braves, but got the win in Game 5.
Similar to Game 1, the Nationals pitched excellently and got a timely hit. Max Scherzer was completely dominant from the get go, as he struck out the side in the first inning. He had all three pitches working and when he does that, he stomps around the mound like a madman and you can just feel that he’s not going to give anything up.
As it turns out, he almost didn’t. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Paul Goldschmidt broke it up with a leadoff single. Scherzer would work seven scoreless innings, giving up just the one hit while striking out 11. If you missed the game, he looked every bit as dominant as his final line suggests.