Nationals shock Braves in 10th, will face Cards in NLCS

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If the series goes to Game 6 or Game 7 next weekend, that'll be two weekends in a row of October baseball, and a chance to showcase the growth in St. Louis and momentum that's been building in the city.

The Nationals and Cardinals have tabbed starters for Game 1 of the NLCS, set for Friday night in St. Louis. Can they secure an early lead at home in their first NLCS appearance since then?

"We've been going with "stay in the fight" all year, so it's not something that's new to us", Washington's Howie Kendrick said after the Nats eliminated the heavily favored Dodgers thanks to his grand slam in the 10th inning of Game 5 in the NLDS. Jack Flaherty received the starting nod for the Saint Louis Cardinals, and he had success as he gave up 1 earned run while striking out 8 batters in 6 innings. He then pitched a flawless inning of relief in Game 4 and got the win when the Cardinals rallied to win in the bottom of the 10th. He earned the win with a seven-hit, one-run performance in a 5-1 victory in Washington on May 1, but was tagged for eight hits, three earned runs, and one home run in a 6-2 loss at Busch Stadium on September 17.

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Sanchez ... saw a strong start wasted in Game 3 of the NLDS, surrendering just four hits and one earned run over 5.0 innings. The Cardinals wound up losing when the Braves scored three runs in the ninth. His 0.91 ERA in the second half is third best in major league history. The Cardinals know well enough not to underestimate Sánchez, who posted a 3.85 ERA across 30 regular season starts. 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.

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.

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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