Cardinals reveal NLCS rotation: Mikolas to start Game 1 against Nationals

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2019

The Nationals have been red-hot since mid-September, avoiding consecutive losses during a 14-3 run that began on September 20.

Game 5 will be Wednesday in Los Angeles, with Stephen Strasburg set to start for the Nationals against Walker Buehler. The Cardinals wound up losing when the Braves scored three runs in the ninth.

The Washington Nationals are set to start Anibal Sanchez (11-8, 3.85 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he gave up 1 earned run in 5 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 38-year-old right-hander was masterful in his lone NLDS appearance, pitching 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and handing the St. Louis bullpen a 1-0 lead in Game 3.

However, Sanchez has been a steady presence on the mound, posting wins in his final three regular-season starts. He lost Game 2 of the NLDS when Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves blanked the Cards 3-0, then won the decisive Game 5 with six innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

Like the Nationals, the Cardinals also advanced to the NLCS on the strength of consecutive wins while facing elimination.

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But ultimately, the Cardinals offense would not be denied.

If the series goes to Game 6 or Game 7 next weekend, that'll be two weekends in a row of October baseball, and a chance to showcase the growth in St. Louis and momentum that's been building in the city.

However, St. Louis endured a middling run on home turf down the stretch, going 9-8 in 17 contests since the beginning of September. The visiting Nationals will send veteran Aníbal Sánchez to the hill to oppose Miles Mikolas, per's Jamal Collier and Anne Rogers, respectively.

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. He also tossed a flawless inning of relief in Game 4.

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