The Washington Nationals come into this matchup looking to continue their success after closing out their recent series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a win, 7-3 in 10 innings. Nationals batters have maintained a steady pace during the club's late-season surge, scoring six or more runs in 10 of their past 17 contests, in Games 4 and 5 against the Dodgers.
The Cardinals host the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday night. The Nationals have Anibal Sanchez on the mound, and he struggled in his 1 start against the Cardinals this season which should follow similar trends here as he has to go on the road. Stephen Strasburg received the starting nod for the Washington Nationals, and he struggled as he gave up 3 earned runs in 6 innings.
The only notable exclusions for St. Louis are right-handers Michael Wacha and John Gant.
Max Scherzer back home in St. Louis against Adam Wainwright in Game 2 is pretty good.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced his starters for the first four games of the NL Championship Series on Thursday.
However, St. Louis endured a middling run on home turf down the stretch, going 9-8 in 17 contests since the beginning of September. He also allowed two walks and struck out nine. He closed down the wild card game with only a one-run lead and then worked 2 2/3 scoreless with a win and a save in the NLDS round.
If you went with Miles Mikolas in Game 1 in your Cardinals NLCS pitching rotation pool, you're a victor. He then pitched a ideal inning of relief in Game 4 and got the win when the Cardinals rallied to win in the bottom of the 10th. He earned the win with a seven-hit, one-run performance in a 5-1 victory in Washington on May 1, but was tagged for eight hits, three earned runs, and one home run in a 6-2 loss at Busch Stadium on September 17.