As we near the pair of highly anticipated Major League Baseball Wild Card Games, it’s imperative to examine which advantages and disadvantages the participating teams hold against their WC opponents.
In the National League, we’ll see a battle between two clubs who really shouldn’t be here after each losing their respective superstar right fielders. The Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers will face-off at Nationals Park on Tuesday night for a chance to advance to the NL Division Series.
Washington (93-69) committed to postseason contention despite losing Bryce Harper in free agency last winter and made a late sprint to clinch a postseason spot with time to spare. Meanwhile, a season-ending injury to NL Most Valuable Player Award candidate Christian Yelich surprisingly did not mean the end of the season for the resurgent Brewers (89-73), who won 20 of 27 September games and separated themselves from the Chicago Cubs to get into the postseason.
Now it’s time to look deep into which teams hold critical advantages in major aspects of the one-off, do-or-die game. We’ll start with the NL and take a look at six tactical aisles: starting pitching, relief pitching,…