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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Orioles get shut out by Astros, lose fifth straight game

Orioles get shut out by Astros, lose fifth straight game

HOUSTON -- Jake Marisnick and Carlos Beltran each homered to back a solid start by Joe Musgrove, and the Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Friday night.

Marisnick went deep with one out in the third inning, and Beltran's shot to the second deck in right field came with two outs in the sixth.

Musgrove (4-4) allowed four hits in seven innings before the bullpen closed it out to send the Orioles to their season-high fifth straight loss.

Musgrove bounced back after allowing eight hits and a season-high seven runs in a season-low three-plus innings in an 8-6 loss to Cleveland in his last start.

The Orioles weren't able to string any hits together until the eighth inning when a double by Hyun Soo Kim and singles by Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy loaded the bases with no outs. But Chris Devenski struck out Seth Smith before retiring Adam Jones and Manny Machado on fly balls to escape the jam.

Ken Giles struck out one in a perfect ninth for his 14th save.

Kevin Gausman (2-4) yielded eight hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings for the Orioles, who have dropped seven of their last nine.

Machado had two hits, but the other three batters at the top of Baltimore's order went 0 for 12 with seven strikeouts, including four by Smith.

Marisnick homered in his second straight at-bat after hitting the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Thursday night. George Springer followed with a single and Josh Reddick reached on an error by Schoop. But the Astros were unable to add on after Gausman retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Marisnick has six home runs this season after hitting just five last year.

JIMENEZ TO BULLPEN

The Orioles have moved struggling right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen and will move reliever Alec Asher into the rotation to start on Sunday. Jimenez is 1-2 with a 7.17 ERA in nine appearances with eight starts this season. Asher has started two games this season but has worked mostly as a reliever and is 1-2 with a 2.17 ERA.

"I think he deserves the opportunity ... the challenge is that it takes a guy that's been pitching well out of our `pen," manager Buck Showalter said. "But we've been challenged to try and figure out a way to get a little deeper in some of the games, and it doesn't really matter who we've got in the bullpen if we don't."

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Orioles: Wade Miley (1-2 2.59 ERA) is scheduled to start for Baltimore on Saturday. He allowed six hits and three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss to Toronto in his last start and hasn't gotten a win since April 14.

Astros: Ace Dallas Keuchel is expected to come off the disabled list to start on Saturday after missing just one start because of a pinched nerve in his neck. The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner has brushed off a tough 2016 season by opening this year 7-0 with a 1.84 ERA. The left-hander has the second-lowest ERA in the majors and his wins are tied for most in the big leagues.

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Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper had been in a little bit of a slump heading into Friday's game against the Padres, but in the seventh inning, he got back to what he does best. 

With a full count and a runner aboard, Harper launched an absolute bomb that landed in the third deck down the right field line at Nationals Park. That means a new seat will be painted red where the ball landed. 

Check out the blast for yourself: 

It was the 15th homer of the year for Harper, which leads the National League. 

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