Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/9/12
The Nationals will have plenty of motivation Wednesday in Game 3 of their National League Division Series -- first postseason game in Washington since 1933, pivotal game with the series tied 1-1, eager to make amends for their 12-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2. But with that motivation comes the knowledge that they were one of six teams that won at least 50 of 81 home games this season -- and the final three games of the series, if three are needed, will be at Nationals Park. "They don't call it home-field advantage for nothing," third baseman Ryan Zimmerman told The Washington Post. "... We feel very comfortable playing at home. We're a good home team and we put ourselves in a good position to come home and just win a series. If we can do that like we've done a lot of times this year, then we'll be sitting pretty." The Nationals will need a better performance from their starting pitcher Wednesday, right-hander Edwin Jackson, than they got from more heralded Jordan Zimmermann in Game 2. Jackson is no stranger to the postseason -- he was with the Cardinals last season during their run to winning the World Series -- but was only 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA for a team that had the best record in the majors and for his career is 70-71 with a 4.40 ERA and has pitched for seven teams in his 10 seasons. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have an even messier pitching situation on their hands now that left-hander Jaime Garcia, who left Game 2 after two innings because of a sore shoulder, is off the roster for both the rest of this series but also the NL Championship Series if the Cardinals get there. An MRI revealed that he has inflammation and a strained rotator cuff, and he was replaced on the roster by Shelby Miller. Not only is the Cardinals' starting rotation jumbled by the loss of Garcia. His decision to not tell anyone about recent shoulder discomfort before Game 2 didn't sit well with teammates, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Several teammates were incensed to learn that Garcia started such a monumental game if indeed compromised physically," the newspaper reported. "A faction within the organization has remained skeptical about the severity of Garcia's condition despite a June diagnosis that he was suffering from an impingement and strain that required more than two months' rest and rehabilitation." General manager John Mozeliak stopped short of criticizing Garcia, saying, "You still have to admire the fact that he wanted the ball. Obviously, we try to promote transparency when it comes to the medical side. For whatever reason, we didn't get all the details. He tried. That's all we can ask." The Cardinals' Game 3 starter, Chris Carpenter, has had injury issues of his own this season. He underwent nerve surgery on July 19 to ease pressure on his neck and right shoulder but since returning has pitched well in three starts (3.71 earned run average). However, he is 0-2 and the team is 0-3 in those games. If the Cardinals proceed further on the playoff trail, they probably will insert Lance Lynn, an 18-game winner, into the rotation. Lynn, who has relieved in all three Cardinals postseason games, got the win on Monday with three innings of strong relief.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Is Madison Bumgarner a bully?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: JJ Watt re-injures back, facing extended absence

Nationals GM: Strasburg ‘unlikely to pitch in NLDS’

Nebraska regent wants players kicked off team for kneeling during anthem

WATCH: Wayne Gretzky tells the hilarious story of his secret Hall of Fame visit

Wilson Ramos done for year with torn ACL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Sam Allardyce, English FA announce contract termination just 67 days into the job

Report: Clint Dempsey to miss rest of 2016 MLS season

Report: Rose not revealing true concern over rape investigation

UFC 205 headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez

Greg Hardy told police someone slipped cocaine in his wallet

Report: LSU will ‘gauge the interest’ of Saban, Meyer, others

The Worst - NFL Week 3: Steve Smith, Odell Beckham & of course the Browns

FIFA 17 review: O jogo bonito

To save his legacy Chris Bosh must first protect his health

What the NBA (and world) looked like before Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan

A fond farewell to Vin Scully

So where will the ACC football championship be played?

Green Beret shares how he helped alter Kaepernick protest

Gordon: Hitting HR for Fernandez ‘best moment of my life’

Box Score: 9/27 - Goodbyes, farewells and hurdles

Kevin Garnett's unique career proves anything is possible

Jose Fernandez joins tragic list of premature departures

15 greatest calls of Vin Scully's career

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Worst - NFL Week 3: Steve Smith, Odell Beckham & of course the Browns

FIFA 17 review: O jogo bonito

To save his legacy Chris Bosh must first protect his health

What the NBA (and world) looked like before Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan

A fond farewell to Vin Scully

So where will the ACC football championship be played?

Kevin Garnett's unique NBA career proves anything is possible

Jose Fernandez joins tragic list of premature departures

Week 4 in college football as explained by Queen

The good, bad, and ugly from Week 3 in the NFL season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker