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It’s day one of the NLCS, We prepare you for that in today’s What We Learned.

MLB: NLCS-Workouts Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NLCS Game 1 | 7:05 pm
Clayton Kershaw vs. Gio Gonzalez

NLCS Game 2 | 3:09 pm
Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Wade Miley


NLCS Notes

NLCS Preview: The Dodgers’ dangerous and impossibly deep lineup
NLCS Preview: Dodgers’ slew of left-handed pitching could pose problems for Brewers
Jaymes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers announce NLCS rosters
Ben Reagan, BCB

When and where to watch the Brewers-Dodgers NLCS
Jaymes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers announce starting rotation for first three games of NLCS
-JP-, BCB

Jhoulys Chacin will be available out of the bullpen in NLCS game one
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

MLB doesn’t like the Brewers waiting to announce their playoff pitching plans
Jaymes L, BCB

Predictions for the Dodger series
First2Home, BCB FanPost

How to make the Dodgers an average offense
Brew Crew Buster, BCB FanPost

NLCS: Will the Better Team Win?
Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Uecker has front-row seat for Brewers’ run
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Crew not shying away from underdog label
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Facing hometown Dodgers ‘a dream’ for Yelich
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Who has the edge? NLCS position by position
Mike Petriello, Brewers.com

NLCS preview: Brewers vs. Dodgers isn’t David vs. Goliath, it’s more like an MMA fight
Yahoo Sports

The NLCS Will Be a Study in Contrasts
Jay Jaffe, FanGraphs

ZiPS Updated Playoff Probabilities – 2018 ALCS/NLCS
Dan Szymborski, FanGraphs

Your Friday NLCS guide: Can Dodgers stop Milwaukee’s momentum?
ESPN

NLCS Game 1 Details Announced
Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

Dodgers vs. Brewers prediction, tale of the tape: Hyun-Jin Ryu and Josh Hader could be the X-factor in the NLCS
Jonah Keri, CBS Sports

Other News and Notes

More than just an outstanding manager, Craig Counsell was born a Brewer
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Jeremy Jeffress missed Game 163 due to epilepsy
Jaymes L, BCB

Report: Rangers have preliminary interest in Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy for managerial opening
Brad Ford, BCB

San Francisco Giants were denied permission to talk to Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns, per report
Ben Reagan, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers 2019 arbitration estimates released
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Baseball America ranks two Brewers prospects in the Pioneer League top 20
Brad Ford, BCB

Are the 2018 Brewers the best in franchise history?
Chris Landers, Brewers.com

Fun facts about possible World Series matchups
Will Leitch, Brewers.com

Why We Missed: Jesus Aguilar
Jeff Zimmerman, RotoGraphs

The Brewers Are The Rare Team To Win The Offseason And The Actual Season
Travis Sawchik, FiveThirtyEight

Christian Yelich better than even Brewers could have imagined
Eddie Matz, ESPN

How the dominant Brewers bullpen came together
Sam Miller, ESPN

The Brewers Bullpen Is Trying to Break Baseball
Michael Baumann, The Ringer

Now quietly watching as adviser, former GM Doug Melvin got ball rolling in Brewers’ rebuild
Tom Haudricourt, Milwuakee Journal Sentinel

There were a million ways the Brewers could have screwed up last offseason
Greant Brisbee, SB Nation

The Mike Moustakas trade is working out perfectly for the Brewers’ championship aspirations
Whitney McIntosh, SB Nation

Emotion fuels Jeremy Jeffress’ standout season and postseason
Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

NLCS Roundtable: What Is the Earliest Inning Josh Hader Will Enter a Game?
Sports Illustrated