By Lewis Gould
For the first time, a wild-card entrant will bring three 200-strikeout aces into the a wild card game.
That would be the Natsx, who clinched the other day against the Phillies.
And now Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin will be as rested as the Nationals want.
That’s $530 million worth of high-end pitching to unleash on the Milwaukee Brewers, who bullpenned and opener-ed and matchup-captured their way to Game 7 of the National League Championship Series in 2018.
This time, they’ll need to do so in a one-game playoff, against an opponent prepared to squash them with an embarrassment of starting pitching riches.
“Everyone’s going to be needed,” says catcher Yan Gomes, one of 10 Nationals who have played on wild-card teams. “Everyone’s going to be used.”
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