Mikolas got a no-decision in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves, allowing one run in five innings of a game St. Louis won 7-6.
However, St. Louis endured a middling run on home turf down the stretch, going 9-8 in 17 contests since the beginning of September.
"Apparently the baby didn't want to come out until later this morning", Nationals manager Dave Martinez joked.
Howie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Joe Kelly in the 10th inning, and the Washington Nationals overcame a three-run deficit with a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night and advance to the NL Championship Series against St. Louis. After the game, Kendrick said it was the best moment of his career. The offense has been wildly inconsistent during that stretch, scoring three or fewer runs on seven occasions, but also scoring nine or more runs in three of five shutout victories during that stretch. He closed down the wild card game with only a one-run lead and then worked 2 2/3 scoreless with a win and a save in the NLDS round. The Nationals lineup, while well-rounded, is all about potential MVP Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto, both of whom hit home runs in Tuesday's clincher.
However, don't take the Cardinals lightly.
Right-handed pitcher Wander Suero will replace Hudson on the Nats' roster for the time being. A 10-run first inning set a Major League record for most runs scored in the first inning of a playoff game.
St. Louis is expected to give the ball to right-hander Miles Mikolas in Game 1. Gant went 11-1 with a 3.66 ERA this year, but the reliever struggled in the last part of the season. If you sign up to a service by clicking one of the links, we may earn a referral fee.