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Oct. 16, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Nationals complete NLCS sweep, Astros take 2-1 ALCS lead

MLB: NLCS-St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals became the seventh team since 1995 to sweep their best-of-seven League Championship Series on Tuesday evening. And they did it in convincing fashion, never trailing in the series.

They will have a week to savor and prepare for the World Series that starts next Tuesday in either Houston or New York.

The Astros took the lead in the American League Championship Series with another strong pitching performance from Gerrit Cole.

However any momentum from their Game 3 win could be stalled because there is a good chance today’s game will be postponed due to rain in New York.

Astros at Yankees - Game 3 (Astros lead 2-1)

The Astros have wins only in the games started by Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole so far but that formula can still produce a World Series victory. Cole won his third game in 2019 postseason with seven scoreless innings pitched at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Cole got an early lead from José Altuve who hit another postseason home run.

Houston still hasn’t hit much at all in the postseason and they are 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position against the Yankees.

BREAKING NEWS

Today’s Game 4 has been postponed and will be played on Thursday with Game 5 now scheduled for Friday.

Cardinals at Nationals - Game 4 (Nationals win series 4-0)

The Nationals took most of the suspense away by scoring seven runs in the first inning of Game 4. They did have to hold on and also bring in their bullpen earlier than they might have liked but nonetheless, they were able to hold on and win 7-4 to complete their sweep over the Cardinals.

The Nationals had a poor start to this season when they found themselves with a 19-31 record. They would then finish the regular season tied with the Dodgers for the best record when they each went 74-38.

How fast did they put this game and series away, pretty fast.

Washington’s pitching staff dominated the Cardinals who just never got anything going at the plate.

Howie Kendrick delivered the winning blow in their NLDS win and then proceeded to hit well against St. Louis.

It will be interesting to see how the Nationals line up their pitching for whomever they face but they will take a six-game postseason winning streak with them wherever they play next Tuesday.

Tuesday’s scoreboard

Astros 4, Yankees 1

Nationals 7, Cardinals 4

Wednesday’s schedule - Championship Series