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WILD CARD: Brewers @ Nationals

Joe Zenzola
September 30, 2019 - 6:02 pm

WASHINGTON -- 162 regular-season contests boil down to this. One game. A nine-inning afair in the nation's capital. The winner extending their season, moving on to Los Angeles for a date with the reinging National League-champion Dodgers in the N.L. Division Series. When the Brewers and Nationals take the field, Tuesday, each team will bring with them the concentrated intensity of those 162 games into a single, winner-takes-all and loser-goes-home tilt. 

Starting Pitchers: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7:08 p.m. CST @ Nationals Park -- Washington

MIL (89-72): Brandon Woodruff, 11-3, 3.62 ERA in 121.2 regular-season innings pitched

ARI (93-69): Max Scherzer, 11-7, 2.92 ERA in 171.2 regular-season innings pitched

The Brewers will go with their All-Star Brandon Woodruff to start the contest, but he'll be the first of many in what's expected to be a bullpen-centric game. Woodruff has only made two appearances since returning from an oblique injury that sidelined him for all of Auust and the first half of September. However, those appearances have been efficient; the right-hander allowed one walk and no hits in two, two-inning scoreless outings. 

Craig Counsell lined-up his pitching staff to have all of his horses available. Lefties Josh Hader, Drew Pomeranz and N.L. reliever of the month Brent Suter, along with right-handed starter Jordan Lyles, will all be available and able to pitch multiple innings behind Woodruff. All three lefty relievers will come in with two or more days rest, while Woodruff and Lyles come in with at least five days rest.

The Nationals meanwhile, send three-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer to the hill in what will likely be a starter-centric, as opposed to the Brewers' bullpen-centric, approach to locking up a trip to L.A. Fellow All-Star starters Stephen Strasburg (R) and Patrick Corbin (L) will be available for Davey Martinez if/when Scherzer's day is done.  

Brewers Lineup

1. Trent Grisham, RF

2. Yasmani Grandal, C

3. Mike Moustakas, 3B

4. Keston Hiura, 2B

5. Ryan Braun, LF

6. Eric Thames, 1B

7. Lorenzo Cain, CF

8. Orlando Arcia, SS

9. Brandon Woodruff, RHP

Nationals Lineup

1. Trea Turner, SS

2. Adam Eaton, RF

3. Anthony Rendon, 3B

4. Juan Soto, LF

5. Howie Kendrick, 1B

6. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

7. Kurt Suzuki, C

8. Victor Robles, CF

9. Max Scherzer, RHP

Brewers Roster

Pitchers: Chase Anderson, Alex Claudio (L), Junior Guerra, Josh Hader (L), Jay Jackson, Jordan Lyles, Freddy Peralta, Drew Pomeranz (L), Brent Suter (L), Brandon Woodruff

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal (S), Manny Pina

Infielders: Orlando Arcia, Tyler Austin, Keston Hiura, Mike Moustakas (L), Hernan Perez, Travis Shaw (L), Cory Spangenberg (L), Eric Thames (L)

Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain, Ben Gamel (L), Trent Grisham (L), Tyrone Taylor

Nationals Roster

Pitchers: Patrick Corbin (L), Sean Doolittle (L), Daniel Hudson, Tanner Rainey, Fernando Rodney, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Hunter Strickland

Catchers: Yan Gomes, Raudy Read, Kurt Suzuki

Infielders: Matt Adams (L), Asdrubal Cabrera (S), Brian Dozier, Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman

Outfielders: Adam Eaton (L), Gerardo Parra (L), Victor Robles, Juan Soto (L), Andrew Stevenson (L), Michael A. Taylor