The Nationals won the biggest game in their history Wednesday night, but they don’t have time to bask in the afterglow — Game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series is Friday night — and the trash-talking’s already started.
“I don’t give a (bleep) who we play,” Cardinal manager Mike Shildt told his players after they won their own NLDS Game 5 over the Atlanta Braves in the early game Thursday. “We’re going to (bleep) them up.”
The fiery speech came in the clubhouse with no reporters around, but was captured by St. Louis rookie Randy Arozarena, who put it out on social media.
This year’s Cardinals team won five of seven games against Washington in regular-season play.
The Cardinals could start veteran right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright (14-10, 4.19 in 2019) when the NLCS opens on Friday at 8:08 p.m. in St. Louis. The Nationals are expected to counter with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who was 11-8, 3.85.
St. Louis is paced on offense by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (34 homers, 97 RBIs in regular season), infielder Paul DeJong (30, 78) and outfielder Marcell Ozuna (29, 89).
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