Aníbal Sánchez, Miles Mikolas to square off in NLCS Game 1

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Max Scherzer's season-saving, seven-inning pitching performance and Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer lifted the wild-card Washington Nationals to a 6-1 victory over the league-best Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday to force a deciding Game 5 in their NL Division Series.

The Nationals and Cardinals have tabbed starters for Game 1 of the NLCS, set for Friday night in St. Louis.

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced his starters for the first four games of the NL Championship Series on Thursday. Most importantly for Washington, he and the Nats prevented LA from closing out the NLDS after taking a 2-1 lead into Game 4.

St. Louis is expected to give the ball to right-hander Miles Mikolas in Game 1.

Chad Green (1-0), one of six pitchers used by NY on Monday, picked up the win with 1 1/3 shutout innings of relief.

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The 31-year-old right-hander pitched well at home in 2019, going 5-6 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 starts at Busch Stadium. He wasn't able to follow up with the same level of success this year, finishing the regular season leading the league with 14 losses along with a 4.16 ERA.

The Cardinals offense ended the Braves season with a bang, scoring 10 runs before the second out of the game while cruising to a champagne celebration.

Flaherty, 23, has merely been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the All-Star break. He also saw a strong start wasted in Game 3 of the NLDS, surrendering just four hits and one earned run over 5.0 innings in Washington's 10-4 in Game 3.

The St. Louis Cardinals (+125) and Washington Nationals (+180) each pulled series moneyline upsets in the Divisional Round, with both teams winning on the road in Game 5. The series will conclude Wednesday in Atlanta, with the victor advancing to meet the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals in the NL Championship Series.

Hudson, 25, started St. Louis' Game 4 win but lasted only 4.2 innings, allowing four runs (though only one was earned) on five hits.

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