With the Cardinals and Braves kicking off the Division Series a few minutes ago, the Nationals and Dodgers are set to get the other half of the NL side of the bracket under way in a few hours. 8:37 PM ET, to be exact.
The Dodgers are making their seventh consecutive postseason appearance, a streak that is beaten only by the 1991-2005 Braves and 1995-2007 Yankees. They won 106 games during the regular season, setting a franchise record.
Meanwhile, the Nationals squeaked into the NLDS by the hair on their chinny chin chin. They defeated the Brewers 4-3 in the NL Wild Card game thanks to bases-clearing single by Juan Soto and subsequent fielding error by Trent Grisham in the bottom of the eighth inning of the do-or-die contest. The Nationals are hoping to advance out of the NLDS for the first time in five tries since becoming the Washington Nationals and for the first time as a franchise since the Expos in 1981.
The Nationals and Dodgers last met in the playoffs in the 2016 NLDS. The Dodgers took that series in the maximum five games.
Here are the lineups!
SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
1B Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles
P Patrick Corbin
1B David Freese
3B Justin Turner
LF A.J. Pollock
CF Cody Bellinger
2B Max Muncy
SS Corey Seager
RF Chris Taylor
C Will Smith
P Walker Buehler
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.