Tonight, the 2019 Major League Baseball Playoffs begin tonight with an NL Wildcard Matchup between the red-hot Washington Nationals who play host to the gritty Milwaukee Brewers. The winner will advance to the NL Divisional Series, where the Los Angeles Dodgers wait to begin their journey towards a third-straight World Series appearance.
Brewers’ outfielder Christian Yelich is out and the team will rely on rookie second-baseman Keston Hiura as their offensive spark plug, with a limping Lorenzo Cain and a heeling Ryan Braun gutting it out for Milwaukee. Relief Pitchers Josh Hader and Drew Pomeranz will anchor the Milwaukee bullpen and try to stop Washington sluggers Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon. It’s likely we will see both Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg on the hill tonight for the Nationals.
Prediction: Without Yelich, the Nationals led by Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto will be outscored because right now Washington is just too hot for Milwaukee to handle. Expect Nats’ pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg to combine in a dominant performance that will shut-down Cain, Braun and Kiura. The Brewers will slow things down for the Nationals when getting to their strong bullpen, but not before Washington jumps out front early.
Final Result: Washington 4 Milwaukee 1
October is the season that provides the ultimate setting for the MLB’s most exciting time of the year. Every season, the can’t miss action seems to get better and better. Listed below are our 2019 MLB Playoff Predictions: