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Brewers, Nationals lineups for NL Wild Card game

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The postseason will officially be under way shortly after 8 PM ET tonight as the Nationals host the Brewers for the National League Wild Card game, broadcast on TBS. The Nationals finished four games behind the Braves in the NL East with a 93-69 record while the 89-73 Brewers narrowly lost the NL Central to the Cardinals by two games.

Brewers

RF Trent Grisham – .231/.328/.410, 6 HR, 24 RBI (183 PA)
C Yasmani Grandal – .246/.380/.468, 28 HR, 77 RBI (632 PA)
3B Mike Moustakas – .254/.329/.516, 35 HR, 87 RBI (584 PA)
2B Keston Hiura – .303/.368/.570, 15 HR, 59 RBI (348 PA)
LF Ryan Braun – .285/.343/.505, 22 HR, 75 RBI (508 PA)
1B Eric Thames – .247/.346/.505, 25 HR, 61 RBI (459 PA)
CF Lorenzo Cain – .260/.325/.372, 11 HR, 48 RBI (623 PA)
SS Orlando Arcia – .223/.283/.350, 15 HR, 59 RBI (546 PA)
P Brandon Woodruff – 11-3, 3.62 ERA, 143 K, 30 BB (121 2/3 IP)

The Brewers advanced all the way to Game 7 of the NLCS last year where they were ultimately defeated by the Dodgers. They will be trying to make an even deeper run this year without reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in September.

Fun fact: Now that Bruce Bochy has retired, Brewers skipper Craig Counsell is now the longest-tenured manager in the National League.

Nationals

SS Trea Turner – .298/.353/.497, 19 HR, 57 RBI (569 PA)
RF Adam Eaton – .279/.365/.428, 15 HR, 49 RBI (656 PA)
3B Anthony Rendon – .319/.412/.598, 34 HR, 126 RBI (646 PA)
LF Juan Soto – .282/.401/.548, 34 HR, 110 RBI (659 PA)
1B Howie Kendrick – .344/.395/.572, 17 HR, 62 RBI (370 PA)
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera – .323/.404/.565, 6 HR, 40 RBI (146 PA)
C Kurt Suzuki – .264/.324/.486, 17 HR, 63 RBI (309 PA)
CF Victor Robles – .255/.326/.419, 17 HR, 65 RBI (617 PA)
P Max Scherzer – 11-7, 2.92 ERA, 243 K, 33 BB (172 1/3 IP)

The Nationals haven’t advanced past the NLDS since 1981, when they were the Expos. They will have to get past the Brewers first and then will have the privilege of facing the Dodgers, who won 106 games, in the NLDS. With Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, Stephen Strasburg, and Aníbal Sánchez, this is perhaps their best iteration of a starting rotation since their run began in 2012.

Another fun fact: The visiting team is 5-2 in the NL Wild Card game since the playoffs added the Wild Card game in 2012. The visiting team has gone 3-4 in the AL Wild Card game.

The winner of tonight’s Wild Card game will travel to Los Angeles, opening the NLDS against the Dodgers on Thursday night.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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