The Washington Nationals will be making their first appearance in the NLCS since the franchise relocated from Montreal following the 2004 season when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals for Game 1 on Friday night as +105 underdogs (8:08 PM ET, Oct. 11th). It's Mikolas in Game 1 against the Nationals in St. Louis and Adam Wainwright in Game 2.
Hudson will be available out of the bullpen early in the NLCS.
Washington has yet to announce its roster. St. Louis built its NLDS series win on a pair of offensive explosions, starting in Game 1, when the Cardinals erased a two-run deficit by scoring five times over the final two innings in a 7-6 win. He then pitched a ideal inning of relief in Game 4 and got the win when the Cardinals rallied to win in the bottom of the 10th. Anibal Sanchez struggled in his 1 start against the Saint Louis Cardinals during the 2019 season as he gave up 3 earned runs in 5 innings.
The 35-year-old Zimmerman showed what he still can do at the plate by taking a 97 miles per hour pitch, the second thrown by reliever Pedro Báez, and turning it into a high-arching parabola that descended onto the green batter's eye in straightaway center field for a three-run shot that made it 5-1. The Washington Nationals come into this matchup looking to continue their success after closing out their recent series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a win, 7-3 in 10 innings.
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.
The Cardinals also scored 10 first-inning runs in Game 5 (a playoff record) on their way to a series-clinching 13-1 victory as a -105 road bet. He lost Game 2 of the NLDS when Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves blanked the Cards 3-0, then won the decisive Game 5 with six innings of four-hit, one-run ball.