Brewers tab Gio to start Game 1 of NLCS – MLB.com

On Thursday, the Brewers announced their rotation plans for the first three games of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start Friday’s opener at Miller Park opposite the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. Southpaw Wade Miley will take the ball in Game 2 on Saturday, while right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will start Game 3 on Monday, when the series shifts to Los Angeles.

On Thursday, the Brewers announced their rotation plans for the first three games of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start Friday’s opener at Miller Park opposite the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. Southpaw Wade Miley will take the ball in Game 2 on Saturday, while right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will start Game 3 on Monday, when the series shifts to Los Angeles.

:: NLCS schedule and results ::

• NLCS presented by Google Assistant, Game 1: 8:09 p.m. ET/7:09 CT on FS1

The decision to go with Gonzalez in Game 1 was a surprise, as Chacin has been Milwaukee’s most consistent starter this season and was expected to get the nod for the series opener.

Gonzalez will be well rested. He didn’t appear in the Brewers’ NL Division Series sweep of the Rockies and hasn’t pitched since Sept. 30. The 33-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Nationals on Aug. 31 and went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five September starts with Milwaukee.

This will be Gonzalez’s seventh postseason start. He owns a 4.78 ERA through 26 1/3 playoff innings, including a start against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the 2016 NLDS. He allowed three runs on four hits (one home run) and a walk over 4 1/3 innings at Dodger Stadium.

Miley made his first career postseason appearance and pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings

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