NLCS PREVIEW: Game 1 starter Mikolas says this is a series of 'icons'; Shildt addresses viral postgame video

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Adam Wainwright will start Game 2, followed by Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson will be available out of the bullpen.

Associated Press
October 11, 2019 - 8:19 am

WELCOME TO THE NLCS

The Washington Nationals play in the NL Championship Series for the first time, taking on St. Louis at Busch Stadium. Aníbal Sánchez starts for the Nats against Miles Mikolas.

Both teams won a deciding Game 5 on the road in the NL Division Series. The Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning and romped past Atlanta 13-1 while Washington rallied late and beat the Dodgers 7-3 in 10 innings.

Related: Cards fans from 22 different states called KMOX to celebrate the Game 5 win

Nationals aces Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin all got plenty of work in the NLDS. Sánchez was 11-8 with a 3.85 ERA this season, then gave up one run in five innings in his lone appearance against Los Angeles.

Washington manager Dave Martinez says he hasn't decided how he will line up the rest of his starting staff after Sánchez. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Adam Wainwright will start Game 2, followed by Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson, who will be available out of the bullpen at the beginning of the series.

KMOX's pregame coverage will begin at 6:13 p.m. with first pitch at 7:08 tonight.

REVVED REDBIRDS

No telling what Cardinals manager Mike Shildt might say in the closed — and camera-free — locker room to fire up his team before the NLCS opener. Usually mild mannered, his curse-filled clubhouse victory speech after St. Louis battered Atlanta in the NLDS clincher went viral when a player posted it on social media.

Shildt was sorry his colorful language got leaked, but didn't feel bad about the gist of his message.

"It's regretful that that was able to get out," Shildt said Thursday, a day after the 13-1 romp. "I will not apologize for having passion about how I feel about our team and the accomplishments of our team."

Related: Bob Gibson texted Jack Flaherty to wish him luck before Game 5

The video was posted by Cardinals rookie Randy Arozarena. Shildt said he harbored no ill will toward the 24-year-old outfielder.

"As far as Randy goes," Shildt said, "I completely give Randy grace. He was just excited. He's a great kid with a great heart."

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The Nationals will see how catcher Kurt Suzuki and outfielder Victor Robles are feeling before Game 1. Manager Dave Martinez said X-rays showed nothing broken on the hand of Suzuki, who was hit by a pitch Wednesday night. The ball ricocheted and hit Suzuki in the head — he was going to go through concussion protocol in St. Louis.

Robles, who missed the last two games of the series against the Dodgers with a strained right hamstring, will be examined to determine his status.