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The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals start the NLDS tomorrow afternoon with Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nats against the Cards' Adam Wainwright. We talked to the USC-based site Neon Tommy about the upcoming series for a quick Q&A
In anticipation of the first postseason game by a D.C.-based team since 1933 we did an interview with Neon Tommy, "... an online-only, around-the-clock, student-run, Los Angeles-based news source sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism through Annenberg Digital News... that is operated, edited and managed by graduate and undergraduate journalism students of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism." I answered a few questions from Evan Budrovich about what to expect out of the NLDS matchup between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals:
Neon Tommy: How do the Nationals stack up against the Cardinals? Is this a favorable or difficult matchup?
Federalbaseball (FBb): They were the top two teams in the NL in run differential. The Cards were second overall in runs scored, the Nationals were fifth. St. Louis had the 2nd best team batting average in the NL, the top team OBP, and fourth-best SLG, while the Nats had the fourth-highest average, sixth-highest OBP and third-highest SLG.
In terms of wRC+, the Cards and Nats were 1st and 3rd overall in the NL, respectively. In terms of pitching, the Nats' starters had the NL's lowest team ERA (3.40) with the Cards' starters third overall (3.62).
The teams were first and second in FIP, with the Nats (3.46) just ahead of the Cardinals (3.62). They were also second and third in xFIP with Washington at (3.68) and St. Louis at (3.69). The Nationals had the NL's third-lowest bullpen ERA, the Cards were eighth overall.
They seem pretty evenly matched. The Nats won the season series 4-3. It's going to be a difficult matchup and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
• Further Reading: Neon Tommy has also recently featured NLDS Previews with Grant Brisbee from McCovey Chronicles talking about the Giants and SB Nation founder Tyler Bleszinski from Athletics Nation talking about the out-of-nowhere A's.