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Miller looks to even record against mediocre Strasburg

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

Despite trouble in his first two starts, Miller had a strong showing Tuesday against the Brewers going 6.0 innings and only giving up 3 hits and 1 run, the lone blow being a homer to Aramis Ramirez.

Last season he faced the Nats twice, winning both games. In 33 at-bats, Miller has held the Nats hitters to a .182 average and only 2 walks.

The hype that surrounded Stephen Strasburg before he made his Major League debut was massive. And the young pitcher lived up to his expectations in his first start in June 2010 fanning 14 batters over 7 innings. But 2014 hasn’t been too kind to the 25-year-old pitcher.

Despite a high number of strikeouts at 33, Strasburg has an ERA of 6.00 as he’s given up 3 homers in his first 4 starts with a 1-2 record. He hasn’t faced the Cardinals much, but Matt Carpenter and Mark Ellis are both 2 for 3 and Matt Holliday has gone 4 for 6 against the 6’4” right hander.

Molina hit streak on the line

Molina has a 10 game hit streak on the line Sunday. The backstop hasn’t gone hitless since April 6 against the Pirates. Of those 10 games, he has doubled in 4 of them while hitting 1 homer and collecting 6 RBIs.

Against Strasburg, Molina has only had 3 at-bats with 1 hit and 3 RBIs.

Not to be outdone, in his limited action Jon Jay has quietly built a 6 game hit streak with another multi-hit game Saturday.

Series of Errors

All three games of this series have been marred by errors as both teams have committing 8 total. The Nats made 4 errors in the first game, the Cards then made 3 errors in the second game and an error from the Nats in Saturday’s second inning led to a 3 run inning for the Redbirds.

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