Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Nationals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Nationals

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Scouting report - Injuries and underperforming stars have burned the Nationals. Manager Dave Martinez's squad (60-58) sits in third place in the NL East after blowing a 3-0 ninth-inning lead Sunday and losing to the Cubs. It trails the Cardinals in the wild-card playoff race.

Soon-to-be free agent outfielder Bryce Harper is hitting just .236 this season, though he had batted .348 in the past seven days before going 0 for three Sunday. The former MVP leads the team with 28 home runs. Infielder Anthony Rendon, who is hitting .289, has been dealing with a wrist injury.

Parkway Central High alum Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.19 ERA, MLB-leading 227 strikeouts) is having another Cy Young caliber season, but the Cardinals won't have to face him this time. …

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