Buehler vs. Chacin in Game 7 of NLCS
Milwaukee, W.I. ~ In Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, Jhoulys Chacin will start for the Milwaukee Brewers, against Walker Buehler, starting for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In such an exciting series, it is only fitting that it will take a seventh game, which will take place at 7:10 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, to decide who will represent the NL in the World Series.
Buehler and Chacin faced off against each other in Game 3, in Los Angeles, when the Brewers beat the Dodgers 4-0.
Buehler finished the regular season dominantly, with a 1.55 ERA throughout 75 innings. He then pitched a brilliant 6.2 innings in the NL West tiebreaker game against the Colorado Rockies to win the division for the sixth straight year. However, the rookie right hander has lost both of his postseason starts. In the NLDS, he had to work around a second inning grand slam, and in Game 3 of the NLCS, he gave up four runs in seven innings.
But with his high 90’s fast ball, and great curveball, slider, and changeup, Buehler is no fluke.
Jhoulys Chacin is making his third postseason start as well. He also pitched in the NL Central tiebreaker game, when the Brew Crew beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1. In his two playoff starts, he has gone 11.1 innings and has not allowed a run. In Game 3 of the NLDS, against the Rockies, Chacin dominated through six innings, and in Game 3 of the NLCS, Chacin pitched great for 5 1/3 innings, exiting only after a Mike Moustakas error put runners on the corners.
Another huge weapon the Brewers have is Josh Hader. Hader didn’t pitch in Milwaukee’s 7-2 Game 6 victory, so he could pitch up to three innings in a decisive Game 7. In a win or go home game like this, expect Craig Counsell to be very picky with his pitchers, and if Chacin doesn’t pitch well, Counsell will have a very short leash on his starter.
With the momentum the Brewers have, and the home-field crowd, I think that the Crew definitely have the advantage. And since their best starter is going tonight, with Hader in the bullpen, I have the Brewers winning this one and moving on to the World Series.
By Jacob Szczap