The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals are two games into the NLCS, with the Nationals holding a 2-0 series lead and hoping to ride their momentum to their first World Series berth. So far, it has been the pitching of both teams that have stood out and made the series an exciting one to watch.
On Friday, the Nationals elected to start veteran Anibal Sanchez, a decision that surprised many due to the other rotation pieces of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin. However, Sanchez proved that manager Dave Martinez and the front office made the right decision as he puzzled the Cardinals hitters the whole night, carrying a no-hitter into the 8th inning. The Nationals prevailed and were able to earn the 2-0 victory.
The very next day, Max Scherzer had his turn at the Cardinals hitters and he too held them to no hits until the 7th inning.
The Cardinals pitching staff put together strong outings as well, despite the losses. On Friday, starter Miles Mikolas only gave up 1 run, and was able to get out of a bases loaded jam by getting hot hitter Juan Soto to ground out. On Saturday, veteran Adam Wainwright held the Nationals to 2 runs over 7.2 innings.