|WAS (-157) @ pinnacle|
My 8* Pitching Mismatch is on the Was Nationals at 4:05 ET.
The StL Cardinals were kept off the field from July 30 through August 14 last season but the Cards somehow managed to earn a wild card spot with a 30-28 record It was the team's SEVENTH postseason appearance over the previous 10 years. Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals followed the franchise's first-ever World Series win in 2019 with a 26-34 record in 2020, finishing in last-place in the NL East. The Cards are 8-9 and the Nats 6-9 as the teams square off in the rubber match of this three-game series.
Wednesday's starting pitchers are Carlos Martinez (0-3, 7.80 ERA) for St Louis and Max Scherzer (0-1, 2.37 ERA). St Louis turned Martinez into a starter and he won 42 games with ERAs of 3.01, 3.04 and .364 over a three-year span (2015-17). However, he was back in the bullpen in 2019 (all 48 appearances were in relief). He then made just five starts in 2020's shortened season and was just AWFUL, going 0-3 in five starts (Cards were 1-4) with a 9.90 ERA and 2.10 WHIP. Martinez has pitched exactly five innings in each of his three 2021 starts, allowing 13 ERs for a 7.80 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.
Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young award winner (2013, 2016 and 2017) but has yet to earn a win in three starts this season. He went six innings in his 2021 debut and allowed just four hits but all four were solo HRs. However, in his last two starts, he's pitched 13 innings, allowing five hits and one ER (0.69 ERA) with a 15-3 KW ratio. Scherzer is overdue to earn his first win of 2021, while Martinez looks completely 'lost.' Martinez pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2019 and in 2020 and 2021, has made just eight starts, allowing 35 ERs over 35 innings (9.00 ERA). He hasn't won a game as a starter since July 7, 2018!! Sounds like a pitching mismatch to me.