Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Monday, September 23, 7:15 PM CDT, Busch Stadium
Tanner Roark, RHP
7-0, 1.08 ERA
Roark has continued to impress while filling in as the Nats' fifth starter. He improved to 7-0 this season with a win in his last outing against the Braves, and he boasts a 1.08 ERA in 41 2/3 Major League innings in 2013.
Adam Wainwright, RHP
17-9, 2.98 ERA
Wainwright showed just why he's the ace in a 4-3 win over the Rockies on Wednesday, working 7 2/3 innings despite allowing two runs in the first. He struck out eight and allowed one more run, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.
Tuesday, September 24, 7:15 PM CDT, Busch Stadium
Gio Gonzalez, LHP
11-7, 3.39 ERA
Pitching on his 28th birthday, Gonzalez allowed just two runs on seven hits over six innings in beating the Marlins for his 11th victory last Thursday. The southpaw worked out of jams in the third and sixth innings.
Michael Wacha, RHP
3-1, 3.21 ERA
In his Coors Field debut, Michael Wacha surrendered 12 hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings in a 15-inning loss to the Rockies. He struck out seven and didn't walk a batter, but left too many balls up in the zone.
Wednesday, September 25, 12:45 PM CDT, Busch Stadium
Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
19-8, 3.18 ERA
Zimmermann has his sights set on 20 wins after becoming the first NL pitcher to reach 19 on Friday. Zimmermann pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits and one walk with nine strikeouts. His slider touched 90 mph.
Shelby Miller, RHP
14-9, 3.12 ERA
Miller has one final shot at a 15-win season after taking a no-decision Friday. He allowed four runs to the Brewers, three of which came on Aramis Ramirez's homer. Miller has allowed 20 homers in his 30 rookie-season starts.
I hope the field isn't still terribly torn up from the football game.