ST. LOUIS -- As expected, the Busch Stadium shadows have been the talk of the series so far. They made an impact on the Nationals' 3-2 Game 1 win Sunday, keeping Adam Wainwright's curveball nearly impossible to pick up and limiting the offensive output on both sides.
They were in play again in Monday's 3:37 p.m. CT start, creeping in between the mound and home plate earlier than they did Sunday. Hitters on both clubs said it is difficult to pick up pitches, and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman pointed out that the hardest part might have been how different the shadows were each at-bat.
"I don't know how to explain it. When they're throwing it, you don't see spin real well," Adam LaRoche said Sunday night. "The ball looks dark, and you can't pick up spin. If you're not seeing that, it can be tough to read sliders and curveballs. It just makes it hard. But it's the same for both teams, so we can't complain.
"I think it becomes more of a battle from the first pitch. I don't think you can take as many chances, not being able to pick up spin the way we normally can. I don't know if there's any cloud cover or what, but it was definitely tough. I think you almost go into a shorter swing or two-strike approach ... right off the bat."