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The Nationals last beat the Cardinals on Oct. 11, 2012, in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. Ever since Jayson Werth’s walk-off homer crash landed in the visitors’ bullpen, the Cardinals have owned the Nationals like no other team, not even the Braves. The Cardinals won the next night, of course, and last year they beat the Nationals six out of six games.

“They play the game really well,” Manager Matt Williams said. “They do a lot of things really well. It starts with their rotation. They’ve got one of the best catchers in the league, certainly, who runs a great game. They got power. They got some speed. They play exceptional defense. All of that combined is the reason why they’re at where they’re at. So, do we measure ourselves? I guess, yes. But ultimately, we have to worry about ourselves and play the game the way we want to play it in order to have a chance to beat them.”

Taylor Jordan will try to match Adam Wainwright. The only time Jordan faced the Cardinals came at the end of 2013 spring training, in a split-squad game. The Nationals threw Jordan a bone and let him start, even though he hadn’t spent a day in major league camp. He allowed nine runs, seven earned, on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Talk about the game right here.