Washington Nationals: Will April Be Just As Fun In 2017?
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From April 10-12, the Washington Nationals will play a three game series at Nats Park against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ever since Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS, the Cardinals have usually had the upper hand over the Nats. Dating back to 2013, the Nats are 9-17 in their last 26 games against St. Louis.
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However, last season, the Washington Nationals were 5-2 against the Cardinals, which included a rare three game sweep at Busch Stadium (April 29-May 1). The Nats gave up six runs in that entire series and got wins from Stephen Strasburg, Joe Ross, and Max Scherzer.
St. Louis missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010 and finished in second place in the NL Central. As of right now, the main additions to St. Louis this winter have been center fielder Dexter Fowler and left-handed reliever Brett Cecil (both signed via free agency).
While the Cardinals missed out on the postseason last year, they are still one of the more consistent franchises in the National League along with the Nats. Plus, Mike Matheny is one of the best managers in the NL. It’s always fun when these two teams play, even though it brings up bad memories for Nats fans from 2012.
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Washington Nationals fans, we want to hear from you! Which series in April are you the most excited to watch? It may still be January, but before you know it, baseball will be back.