Nats-Cards: Who's done well, who hasn't

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Nats-Cards: Who's done well, who hasn't

Game 1 of the NLDS today between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals will be the eighth meeting of the teams this season. The Nationals won the regular season series 4-3, but it was a matchup that featured several blowouts and a lot of high scoring games.

Because of the high scoring between the two teams, the split stats for individual players vary based on position. Offensive players tend to have done well while pitchers werent as lucky.

Here are a few Nationals hitters that stood out in the season series:

1B Adam LaRoche

23 AB .348 BA - 7 R 1 HR 7 RBI 4 BB - .950 OPS

OF Bryce Harper

28 AB - .429 BA 7 R 2 HR 6 RBI 4 BB 1.234 OPS

2B Danny Espinosa

27 AB - .296 BA 5 R 2 HR 5 RBI - .863 OPS

Here are some Cardinals hitters that had big games against Washington:

SS Peter Kozma

17 AB - .471 BA - 4 R - 6 RBI - 1.033 OPS

RF Carlos Beltran

21 AB - .286 BA - 3 R - 2 HR - 7 RBI - 5 BB - .995 OPS

CF Jon Jay

28 AB - .393 BA - 7 R - 3 RBI - 2 BB - .919 OPS

With all the runs scored, pitching stats conversely suffered. Here are some Nationals pitchers that will look to do better this time around:

RHP Edwin Jackson

2 G 7.71 ERA 8 ER 10 H 1.714 WHIP 9.1 IP

LHP Sean Burnett

3 G 16.20 ERA 3 ER 6 H 4.200 WHIP 1.2 IP

LHP Ross Detwiler

1 G 11.57 ERA 3 ER 4 H 3.857 WHIP 2.1 IP

Now lets look at some Cardinals pitchers who struggled against the Nats:

RHP Lance Lynn

3 G 9.82 ERA 8 ER 12 H 2.045 WHIP 7.1 IP

LHP Jaime Garcia

1 G 10.13 ERA 6 ER 9 H 2.063 WHIP 5.1 IP

RHP Adam Wainwright

2 G 7.27 ERA 7 ER 14 H 2.077 WHIP 8.2 IP

Michael Huberman contributed to this story.

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Bryce Harper returns to lineup as the Nationals host the Marlins

Bryce Harper returns to lineup as the Nationals host the Marlins

Nats (93-66) vs. Miami Marlins (78-80) at Nationals Park

At long last, we've reached the final series of the regular season. The Nationals will host the Miami Marlins in a weekend set that will likely determine playoff seeding. Washington's magic number to clinch home-field advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series is two, so a win and a Los Angeles loss could sew it up on Friday night.

Seeding aside, the biggest development heading into this game is the return of Bryce Harper, who's back in the lineup after missing four games with a thumb injury. Prior to the injury, Harper had hits in five out of his previous seven games. The Nats have to hope he can pick up where he left off.   

Right hander A.J. Cole, who is currently appealing his five-game suspension as a result of Sunday’s brouhaha with the Pittsburgh Pirates, will get the start tonight. The 24-year-old is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA. He’ll be opposed by the Marlins Andrew Cashner (5-11, 5.13 ERA).

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - A.J. Cole vs. Miami Marlins - Andrew Cashner

NATS 

CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
2B Stephen Drew
1B Clint Robinson
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP A.J. Cole

MARLINS

TBA

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Despite focus on Terrelle Pryor, Redskins need to stop Browns run game

Despite focus on Terrelle Pryor, Redskins need to stop Browns run game

Yes, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor accounted for 200 total yards last week in a loss to the Dolphins. While the yardage total is impressive, and Pryor has shown breakout potential this young season, the Redskins defensive focus needs to be on another Cleveland player: Isaiah Crowell.

"That's a power running game. They do a lot of good things in the running game," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "The No. 1 guy is Crowell. He's an excellent back."

Through three games, Crowell has 45 carries for 274 yards, good for an average of more than 6 yards-per-carry and second in the NFL in rush yards. He's shown both power and speed, including an 85-yard touchdown run against the Ravens in Week 2.

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What makes Crowell especially difficult to stop is that the Browns offense is so varied. With a guy like Pryor, Cleveland will run the Wildcat and the read option in addition to their normal pro set.

"You start worrying about all the stuff going on with the formations and then all of a sudden they bang you with Crowell right up the middle with a power play," Gruden said. "It's hard to stop."

In three games, the Redskins have given up nearly 370 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Washington is allowing 123 yards-per-game on the ground, good for 24th in the league. 

With DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland out for Sunday's game, the Redskins will face the Browns with a revamped secondary. That won't matter much, however, if the defense can't slow down The Crow.