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Post-season Gameday Thread, #1: NL Wild-card

And, so... It begins...

Cleveland Indians v Washington Nationals Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Trent Grisham - RF Trea Turner - SS
Yasmani Grandal - C Adam Eaton - RF
Mike Moustakas - 3B Anthony Rendon - 3B
Keston Hiura - 2B Juan Soto - LF
Ryan Braun - LF Howie Kendrick - 1B
Eric Thames - 1B Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B
Lorenzo Cain - CF Kurt Suzuki - C
Orlando Arcia - SS Victor Robles - CF
Brandon Woodruff - RHP Max Scherzer - RHP

And, so, the 2019 post-season begins, with the first game deciding who gets the unenviable task of going to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in the NLDS. The Nationals are the clear favorites here, even though the Brewers actually won the series season, 4-2. Having Max Scherzer on the mound would certainly seem to give them an advantage over Brandon Woodruff, not least in playoff experience. This will be Scherzer’s 14th start in the post-season, while Woodruff has... one, a three-inning stint in the 2018 NLDS against the Rockies. But Max hasn’t been all that, with a 4-5 playoff record and a 3.73 ERA. He hasn’t had a W in the post-season since 2013. being 0-4 over his last six starts, between the Tigers and Nationals. Will tonight end that streak?

Finally, with a hat-tip to asteroid, I’ll leave this here, as an indication of how much things have changed in 88 years...