(BasbeballStL) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to pound the NL East, going 16-2 at home and 31-17 overall in the last two years.
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The Nationals have been on the wrong end of many of those contests, having lost all six meetings in 2013, and three of the five this season.
Things don’t appear to be looking up for Washington with Shelby Miller on the mound. In the three games the 23-year-old has faced the Nats, he’s won twice and held them to a .169 batting average. He’s struck out 18 and allowed only two extra base hits. Their matchup this season yielded four hits and seven strikeouts in just over five innings.
The Great Nothing
The Cardinals continue to suffocate opposing hitters, posting an MLB-leading 14 shutouts so far. That mark is one shy of 2013 with 95 games still to play.
The franchise record is 30 shutouts in 1968, and post mound-lowering, 20 in 1985. The all time mark to beat is 32 shutouts in a season.
St. Louis is on pace for 34 in 2014.
Trevor Rosenthal has 18 saves so far. The club record for saves is 47, belonging to both Lee Smith and Jason Isringhausen. Neither Smith nor Izzy had 18 saves this early in the season. In fact, Isringhausen got his 18th on July 4, 2004.
Though he’s on pace for roughly 43 saves, Rosenthal could make a run at the franchise record this season.
1) Matt Carpenter 3B
2) Mark Ellis 2B
3) Matt Holliday LF
4) Allen Craig RF
5) Yadier Molina C
6) Matt Adams 1B
7) Jhonny Peralta SS
8) Peter Bourjos CF
9) Shelby Miller P