The Nationals are set to open their first-ever NLCS in St. Louis on Friday night and they just revealed their series roster.
The Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise won a postseason series for only the second time, the first since the Expos beat Philadelphia in a 1981 Division Series caused by the midseason players' strike. Stephen Strasburg received the starting nod for the Washington Nationals, and he struggled as he gave up 3 earned runs in 6 innings. Most importantly for Washington, he and the Nats prevented LA from closing out the NLDS after taking a 2-1 lead into Game 4.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the whole airplane watched the Mystics defeat the Connecticut Suns in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals from the sky en route to St. Louis for Game 1 of the NLCS.
Like the Nationals, the Cardinals also advanced to the NLCS on the strength of consecutive wins while facing elimination.
But ultimately, the Cardinals offense would not be denied. The Cardinals wound up losing when the Braves scored three runs in the ninth.
The Cardinals now return home aiming to win three in a row for the first time in 11 games. The best-of-seven series begins on Friday in St. Louis. The offense has been wildly inconsistent during that stretch, scoring three or fewer runs on seven occasions, but also scoring nine or more runs in three of five shutout victories during that stretch.
Right-handers Miles Mikolas and Adam Wainwright will start Games 1 and 2. The 35-year-old Sanchez tossed five innings of one-run ball on four hits against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS-a 10-4 loss. He then pitched a flawless inning of relief in Game 4 and got the win when the Cardinals rallied to win in the bottom of the 10th. Take the home team to continue their hot hitting streak and pull away with a win.