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Milwaukee vs. Washington,
10/01/2019 20:08 EDT,
Score: 3 - 4
Total: -113/+7½ Over
On the surface, this sounds like a low-scoring game. The Brewers are going with Brandon Woodruff while the Nationals are pitching Max Scherzer with Washington manager Dave Martinez saying Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg could be used out of the bullpen if necessary.
Perception doesn't fit reality here, though.
Woodruff just came back from a two-month oblique injury. He's only pitched four innings since returning and won't be able to go far in this game. That means a lot of work for the Brewers bullpen. Josh Hader is the only Milwaukee reliever I trust.
As for the Nationals, Scherzer isn't the imposing monster of past seasons. He was hurt this season with a back injury. He doesn't have a great postseason history - 4-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 16 career playoff games - and isn't in good form with a 6.11 ERA during his past three starts.
Washington's relief pitchers had the highest ERA in the majors at 5.66. Corbin just pitched on Saturday. So he would be on short rest. If Martinez were to pitch Strasburg in relief it would have to be in absolute desperation because he would be using up his two best starters just in the wildcard game.
Both teams have been swinging hot bats. The Brewers are averaging 5.9 runs in their last 10 games, while the Nationals are averaging 6.7 runs during their past eight games.
The weather forecast is calling for temperatures to be in the 80s with a slight wind blowing out. So it's an excellent setup for the hitters.