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Cary Erickson | 11 October, 2019, 22:08

But the truly intriguing matchup in the NLCS is Stephen Strasburg vs. Jack Flaherty in Game 3 at Nationals Park - and a potential Game 7 at Busch Stadium, if necessary. Most importantly for Washington, he and the Nats prevented LA from closing out the NLDS after taking a 2-1 lead into Game 4.

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The first pitch for NLCS Game 1 will take place at 7:08 p.m. on Friday.

Sanchez ... saw a strong start wasted in Game 3 of the NLDS, surrendering just four hits and one earned run over 5.0 innings. The Cardinals wound up losing when the Braves scored three runs in the ninth. Kolton Wong had a big game from the plate for the Saint Louis Cardinals as he went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.

The Saint Louis Cardinals demolished the Atlanta Braves as they put up 10 runs in the 1st inning while the Washington Nationals put up a combined 6 runs in the 8th and 10th inning for a comeback win against the Dodgers.

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The Nationals appear to be exorcising some playoff demons too, rallying late to defeat Josh Hader and the Brewers in the NL Wild Card game before rallying again to knock off the Dodgers - the team who eliminated the Expos in that 1981 NLCS, and the Nationals in Game 5 of the 2016 NLDS. The visiting Nationals will send veteran Aníbal Sánchez to the hill to oppose Miles Mikolas, per's Jamal Collier and Anne Rogers, respectively. 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.

He also closed the door with three straight outs in the 10th-inning of the club's 5-4 win in Game 4.

The 31-year-old right-hander pitched well at home in 2019, going 5-6 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 starts at Busch Stadium.

Hudson, 25, started St. Louis' Game 4 win but lasted only 4.2 innings, allowing four runs (though only one was earned) on five hits.