Washington stunned the New York Mets by identical 7-1 scores Saturday and Sunday

The Nats have won 4 of 5 games as they attempt to slow down the surging Cards.

The Nationals have had solid starting pitching and 5 scoreless IP from their bullpen across their last 2 games

St. Louis is coming off a magical 3-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs

DH Albert Pujols stepped up to the plate with 1st base open

The Cubs elected to pitch to him, and he hit a monstrous 2-run homer over the bullpen in left field

The Cardinals have won 4 games in a row, 7 of 8 and 23 of 30

They receive another boost as injured RHP Jack Flaherty returns from the IL Monday

Flaherty (0-0, 5.63 ERA) makes his 4th start. He has a 2.13 WHIP

he Cards have scored 5 or more runs in 7 of 10 games,