Post-Season Report: It's Winner Take All in NLCS

JHOUYLS CHACIN, with his fifth team in four years, will carry the hopes of the Brewers into Game 7 of the NLCS at Miller Park on Saturday night. And, in truth, the Brewers couldn’t have a better pitcher to turn to in a win-or-else matchup against the Dodgers.

After battling injuries and beginning a vagabond life when his original team, the Rockies, released him in the spring of 2015, Chacin emerged this season as the most consistent pitcher in the Brewers rotation.

He won a career-best 15 games in the regular season, and he hasn’t let up in the post-season. He has won both starts, and in 10 1/3 innings has not allowed a run. Don’t worry about the fact he worked five innings in Game 2 of the NL Division Series sweep of the Rockies, and was relieved after 5 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the NLCS.

That’s the Brewers style. And they do have reliever Josh Hader rested and ready for Game 7.

HADER HAS BEEN a durable arm out of the Brewers bullpen. Consider, he worked two or more innings in 23 games during the regular season, allowing a total of six earned runs in the 48 2/3 innings of those appearances. He worked three innings in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers, and then worked an inning combined in back-to-back appearances in Games 3 and 4. He has allowed one hit, walked two and struck out seven in the four innings. And he will be rested for Game 7, having not pitched in a game for three days.

THE DODGERS will counter with rookie Walker Buehler, who had a 1.55 ERA and 87 strikeouts in his last 75 1/3 innings of the regular season, including beating the Rockies in the NL West playoff game. He, however, has lost both post-season starts.

THE HOME TEAM is 30-25 all-time in post-season Game 7, and 11-5 in Game 5 of an LCS, including winning each of the last four.

THE DODGERS are 3-4 in post-season Game 7s, including losing to the Astros in Game 7 of the World Series last year. The Brewers have played only one Game 7 — and they lost it to the Cardinals in the 1982 World Series.

Remaining Schedule

Friday Brewers 6, Dodgers 5
Saturday Dodgers 4, Brewers 3
Monday Brewers 4, Dodgers
Tuesday Dodgers 2, Brewers 1 (13)
Wednesday Dodgers 5, Brewers 2
Dodgers lead Best of 7 Series, 3-2
Friday 6:39 p.m. Dodgers at Brewers FS1
Saturday* 7:09 p.m. Dodgers at Brewers FS1
Saturday Astros 7, Red Sox 2
Sunday . Red Sox 7, Astros 5
Tuesday Red Sox 8, Astros 2
Wednesday Red Sox 8, Astros 6
Thursday Red Sox 4, Astros 1
Red Sox win ALCS (4-1)
DATE TIME World Series TV
Oct. 23 TBA Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox Fox
Oct. 24 TBA Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox Fox
Oct. 26 TBA Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers Fox
Oct. 27 TBA Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers Fox
Oct. 28* TBA Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers Fox
Oct. 30* TBA Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox Fox
Oct. 31* TBA Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox Fox
*-if necessary
NL: Rockies 2, Cubs 1 (13 innings)
AL: Yankees 7, A's 2
NL Division Series
Brewers Clinch, 3-games-to-none
Milwaukee 3, Rockies 2 (10)
Milwaukee 4, Rockies 0
Milwaukee 6, Rockies 0
Dodgers Clinch, 3-games-to-1
Dodgers 6, Braves 0
Dodgers 3, Braves 0
Braves 6, Dodgers 5
Dodgers 6, Braves 2
AL Division Series
Red Sox Cinch, 3-games-to-1
Red Sox 5, Yankees 4
Yankees 6 Red Sox 2
Red Sox 16,Yankees 1
Red Sox 4, Yankees 3
Astros Clinch, 3-games-to-none
Astros 7, Indians 2
Astros 3, Indians 1
Astros 11, Indians 3
Tracy RingolsbyComment