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2019 National League wild card game: Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday 10/1, 7 p.m. CT

Postseason baseball is still baseball.

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Just a few notes on tonight’s game, and I’m reasonably certain everyone here is rooting for the Nats to win.

Washington got swept by the Brewers in a three-game series in May at Miller Park. At that point they were 14-22.

They went 79-47 after that, third-best record in the N.L. (Dodgers and Braves were better.) The Brewers were 66-57 in that span. (Cubs, 63-65, in case you’re interested.)

The Nats took two of three from Milwaukee in August in Washington. The only loss was a ridiculous 14-inning game that the Nats lost 15-14 after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning and having to come back to tie the game there AND in the 13th AND having the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the 14th before they lost.

If we had a game like that tonight, it would be one for the ages.

Nationals lineup:

Brewers lineup:

Max Scherzer, RHP vs. Brandon Woodruff, RHP

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Max Scherzer hasn’t really been Max Scherzer this year, not matching his last three years, anyway. He was injured and missed a few starts. Still, his numbers have been solid if not great, and he had a 5.8 bWAR season. The Cubs could have used one of those in the rotation.

Scherzer threw six innings against the Brewers May 6 in Milwaukee, and allowed one run. He struck out 11.

Brandon Woodruff missed two months with an oblique injury, came back and made two two-inning relief appearances after coming back in September.

That, apparently, sets him up for this start. Craig Counsell likely uses other pitchers in this game (Brent Suter comes to mind) and makes it a glorified bullpen game.

Woodruff threw six innings against the Nationals May 8 in Milwaukee and allowed one run, with nine strikeouts.

Today’s game is on TBS. Announcers: Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur (analysts) and reporter Lauren Shehadi.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

SB Nation game preview

This will be the only thread for tonight’s game. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.


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