If nothing else, we will see history made tonight. Never before in the history of the ALCS/NLCS has a pitcher started three times in six games. Wade Miley will accomplish that tonight at Miller Park, although it probably deserves and asterisk.
Wade looks to help the Milwaukee Brewers (2-3) extend their NLCS match with the Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2) to seven games. Hyun-Jin Ryu goes for LA, and the Crew reached Ryu for two runs in 4.1 innings, on six hits, in game two. Miley had a scoreless 5.2 innings on two hits and no walks, with three strikeouts. In Miley’s “opener” outing Thursday he walked the only batter he faced, but he didn’t score either.
Interestingly, including Miley, the Brewers have four left handed bats in tonight’s line-up against the lefty Ryu. Over the course of this past season Ryu had an OPS against of .592, with an xFIP of 2.81, against right handed bats. Against lefties, it was an OPS of .720 and xFIP of 4.21. The move gets Travis Shaw back in the lineup, hitting fourth, as Milwaukee tries to get more pop at the plate.
And just in case the Brewers remove Miley after one batter again, David Freese is the lead-off hitter so that he gets an at bat against the lefty.
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