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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LOVERRO: Tenacity, brilliance now define Strasburg's legacy

Monday night before a packed and raucous sold-out Nationals Park crowd of 43,675 energized by their team's first NL Championship Series home game, Stephen Strasburg focused on what he could control -- and he controlled the St. Louis Cardinals for seven innings of one-run baseball.

Washington Nationals' Matt Adams, front left, continues to celebrate his three-run home run in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals veterans buy into team unity

The Washington Nationals entered Game 3 on Monday with a bench that includes six position players with postseason starts in their careers even before this October run. Some of those starts came with other teams.

Washington Nationals' Victor Robles celebrates after a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning in Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Nationals have Robles back for Game 3

- The Washington Times

Victor Robles is in the starting lineup Monday night in center field for the Washington Nationals, after he missed several games with a hamstring injury.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning in Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Strasburg has not lost to the Cardinals since 2014

The right-hander is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.50 in eight starts in regular-season action against the Cardinals, who trail 2-0 in the National League Championship Series.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg smiles after the last out in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) **FILE**

Strasburg looks to put stranglehold on NLCS

- Associated Press

Thanks to some superb pitching, the countdown is on to the Washington Nationals' first World Series appearance in franchise history.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer during the fourth inning of Game 2 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Nationals take 2-0 series lead as Scherzer shines

Max Scherzer continued his team's magical postseason run here Saturday afternoon, not allowing a hit until the seventh inning as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in the National League Championship Series before a sellout crowd of 46,458 fans.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez waves after being relieved after giving up his first hit during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Sanchez draws raves as Nationals win series opener

Many people refer to "The Big Three" starting pitchers of the Nationals: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin. But Anibal Sanchez is certainly no slouch.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt listens to a question during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. St. Louis will face the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS Wednesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Cardinals' Shildt on Nationals: 'Going to (bleep) them up'

"I don't give a (bleep) who we play," Cardinal manager Mike Shildt told his players after they won their own Game 5, over the Atlanta Braves, in the early game Thursday. "We're going to (bleep) them up."