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My 9* Weekly Wipeout is on the StL Cards at 7:45 ET.
The Washington Nationals made a memorable run in winning the 2019 World Series but followed by going just 26-34 in 2020, finishing last in the NL East. The pandemic-depleted Nationals of 2021 have opened 1-5 (.167), giving them the worst record in MLB. Washington will try to snap a five-game losing streak when they visit the 5-4 St Louis Cardinals for a three-game series starting Monday. The Cardinals know all about dealing with COVID-19, as the Cards were kept off the field from July 30 through August 14 last season. However, the Cards somehow managed to earn a wild card spot with a 30-28 record
Erick Fedde (0-1, 27.00 ERA) of Washington and John Grant (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will each make their second starts of the season in Monday's game. Faded is in his fifth season with Washington and in 47 appearances (35 starts), is just 8-12 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. He allowed six runs (five earned) of a 7-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves on April 7. His only career start vs St Louis came back in 2018 when he allowed four ERs over five innings of an 11-8 loss (he got a no-decision). Gant is in his sixth season but he's started just 29 times in his 135 career appearances. Gant didn't allow an earned run in four innings during a 4-2 victory over Miami on April 6 (got a no-decision). His most recent starts vs Washington came in 2018 (two), as he allowed just one ER over 9.2 innings (0.93 ERA) with the Cards winning both games.
The Nats are a mess right now, having lost FIVE in a row and enter having averaged 2.83 RPG (28th of 30 teams). Washington was just 15-28 vs righties last season, including 6-14 on the road, averaging 3.9 RPG. The losing continues for Washington, as St Louis wins "with room to spare!"