The Milwaukee Brewers announced their starting rotation to begin the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers as left-handers Gio Gonzalez and Wade Miley will start Games 1 and 2, respectively, followed by Jhoulys Chacin in Game 3 back at Dodger Stadium.
Clayton Kershaw is set to start Game 1 for the Dodgers, although they have yet to announce the order that Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill will pitch in behind him.
When Gonzalez takes the mound on Friday night, it will be his first appearance this postseason as he did not pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the NL Division Series.
The Brewers acquired Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals before the waiver trade deadline, and in five starts with them, he went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Overall in 27 starts between the two teams, the 33-year-old posted a 10-11 record to go along with a 4.21 ERA, 4.16 FIP and 1.44 WHIP while striking out 148 and walking 80 in 171 innings.
Gonzalez did not face the Dodgers in 2018, but in six career starts against them, he is 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
Miley faced the Dodgers twice in 2018 and dominated to the tune of 13 innings without allowing an earned run. He made 16 starts in 2018, going 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA, 3.59 FIP and 1.22 WHIP with 50 strikeouts and 27 walks in 80.2 innings.
He started Game 3 of the NLDS against the Rockies, and did not give up a run in 4.2 innings. He allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out two.
Chacin was the Brewers’ most consistent starter in 2018, leading all of baseball with 23 starts. He went 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA, 4.03 FIP and 1.16 WHIP with 156 strikeouts and 71 walks in 192.2 innings. Chacin is also expected to be available out of the bullpen in Game 1 for Milwaukee.
The Dodgers’ struggles against left-handed pitching are well-documented, which is likely why the Brewers went with two southpaws to begin the series.
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