St. Louis Cardinals: Jaime Garcia (3-5; 4.15 ERA)

The Cards have lost Jaime’s past four starts, and in that span he has not looked too sharp, barring his 8 innings of shutout ball against the Pirates in what would eventually become a 19 inning loss.  In the other three starts, Jaime has gone just 14 innings, allowing 14 ER.  Simply put, the Redbirds will need something much better from Jaime tonight if they want to end a skid against one of the best teams in baseball.


Washington Nationals: Edwin Jackson (7-9; 3.72 ERA)

The former Cardinal faces his former team for the first time since leaving them, and brings a solid season resumé with him.  Despite his record, Jackson has been solid, and in 7 of his past 8 starts has allowed 3 or fewer earned runs.  Jackson knows how to mitigate damage, and as a result rarely has a blowup game.  He’s unlikely to throw a complete game shutout, but is equally unlikely to explode and allow the Cardinals to run away with this game.

THE SKINNY: I have a feeling that if the Cardinals want to win this one (or any games in this series), they are going to need to win a close one.  Should be interesting.