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Oct. 15, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Nationals take commanding 3-0 NLCS lead

MLB: NLCS-St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

When you have outscored your opponent 13 runs to two runs in the first three games of a seven-game series, you are usually in a great position going forward.

The Nationals have faced 96 total batters in the first three games and only 14 Cardinals have reached base.

Meanwhile the American League Championship Series will be back today with their Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. Gerrit Cole will try to put the Astros back in front in the series and continue his impressive postseason performances.

Cardinals at Nationals - Game 3 (Nationals lead 3-0)

So far it has been strong starting pitching along with a timely base hit or two formula for the Nationals in this National League Championship Series. On Monday, they took a 3-0 lead in this series by beating the Cardinals 7-1.

Stephen Strasburg allowed one unearned run in seven innings while striking out 12.

As for the timely hitting, the Nationals game-winning and maybe series-ending rally started on a dropped ball in the third inning.

Howie Kendrick is perhaps setting himself up as a possible NLCS MVP.

Though Anthony Rendon could also be in play for that honor.

This is probably more coincidence and who that team played in the World Series but there is this factoid that will come up if the Nationals sweep the Cardinals today.

Monday’s scoreboard

Nationals 8, Cardinals 1

Tuesday’s schedule - Championship Series

1:08 p.m. PT: Astros (Gerrit Cole) @ Yankees (Luis Severino)

5:08 p.m.: Cardinals (Dakota Hudson) @ Nationals (Patrick Corbin) (TBS)