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Post-season Gameday Thread, #6: Swing day

By the end of the day, two NL teams will be on the brink of making the Championship Series, and two will be staring elimination in the face.

San Diego Padres v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

1:10 pm - Braves @ Cardinals (1-1)

Today's Lineups

Ronald Acuna - CF Dexter Fowler - CF
Ozzie Albies - 2B Kolten Wong - 2B
Freddie Freeman - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Marcell Ozuna - LF
Nick Markakis - LF Yadier Molina - C
Matt Joyce - RF Matt Carpenter - 3B
Brian McCann - C Tommy Edman - RF
Dansby Swanson - SS Paul DeJong - SS
Mike Soroka - RHP Adam Wainwright - RHP

After dropping the opening in stunning fashion at home, the Braves really needed to pull out something special in Game #2. But they did it, managing to beat Cardinals’ ace Jack Flaherty, and now find themselves even in St. Louis. In terms of post-season appearance experience, it’s advantage Cardinals with Adam Wainwright over Mike Soroka by a cool 25-0 margin. But it has been five years since Wainwright last started a playoff game, and Soroka - whom I keep wanting to call Sirotka! - was nails on the road for the Braves this season. He lost just once in sixteen such starts, with a 1.55 ERA, holding all batters faced there to an OPS of just .533.

4:45 pm - Dodgers @ Nationals (1-1)

Lineups to follow

Interestingly, the Nationals are not going with Max Scherzer for Game #3. This was thought to be likely, with his appearance in Game #2 so brief as to be basically a side-session. But instead, they are using Anibal Sanchez, with Scherzer going tomorrow and, I’m guessing Stephen Strasburg for any Game #5. On the Dodgers side, it’ll be Hyun-Jin Ryu, who had a 1.45 ERA through mid-August, but a 5.40 ERA over his last seven starts. Though he finished with seven shutout innings, that was against the Giants in San Francisco, so that deserves an asterisk. He was only 4-4 in fifteen road starts, though that was as much due to a lack of support. His ERA there was 2.72, though that was considerably above his home one (1.93).