NLCS Cardinals facing a three game deficit to the Nationals going into Game Four.


Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson makes the start in Game Four in the NLCS. This will be his second postseason appearance.

St. Louis Cardinals have been handed three straight loses in the 2019 NLCS. They look to rookie Dakota Hudson to lead the way to stay a sweep in postseason. He will face Nationals LHP Patrick Corbin.


Pitching throughout the 2019 season had been Cardinals strong suit. Defense behind them very solid with the least amount of errors (66) in the MLB. A 180 turn-around in that area from 2018 at the bottom of the heap with 133.


Hudson, a groundball specialist, has one postseason start. Against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS at home, Busch Stadium. He only saw 4.2 IP, one earned run given up but four runs total due a rare Cardinals error. However, Cardinals Yadier Molina got the RBI for Cardinals 5-4 walk-off win in extra inning play.


Hudson's history facing the Nationals, in 53 AB, has only allowed 1 HR/5 ER holding the Nationals to a .189 BA. However, in the mix - Anthony Rendon (1 HR/1 RBI), Victor Robles (1 RBI), and Ryan Zimmerman (3 RBI) have found their way passed him.


During the season, Cardinals were 23-10 with Hudson starting, He closed his season, 33 GA/32 GS, 16-7/3.35 ERA and held the best W/L season record for Cardinals rotation.


Cardinals starters Miles Mikolas (6 IP/1 ER) and Adam Wainwright (7.1 IP/1 HR/3 ER) turned in very solid stands in G-1 and G-2. Cardinals "Ace" Jack Flaherty only saw 4 IP/4 ER Monday night. With logging 100+ PC in his two previous outings, I believe he was maxed-out for Monday's start. He had not given up four earned runs since July 2.


However, Cardinals offense, who do have the talent with a bat, have struggled. But, also, spurts of grandeur. Right now, they have been held in check to get past the Nationals pitchers.


NLCS GAME FOUR


Will the Cardinals be able to burst out of their major slump against Nationals Corbin? That is the question. They definitely haven't been able to even cause a ripple in the first three games with only two runs off 11 hits being held to a collective .121 BA.


Manager Mike Shildt penciled in their pinch-hitter Jose Martinez into the line-up Monday night in right field. Moved rookie Tommy Edman to third, sitting Matt Carpenter for the game.

As PH, J Martinez provided "a" hit in each of their first two games. In game one, "the hit" which retired Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter. After Monday night's game he is now 4-6/1-RBI/1-2B for his NLCS .667 BA. The second RBI was by Paul DeJong for a single Monday night with J Martinez in for the run.


The Cardinals have had 'chances' but have been shutdown before they got started.