The Milwaukee Brewers have set their rotation for the first three games of their National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with left-hander Gio Gonzalez getting the nod for Game 1.
Gonzalez, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 30, will take the mound opposite Dodgers ace southpaw Clayton Kershaw in the series opener in Milwaukee on Friday.
Gonzalez will be followed by left-hander Wade Miley in Game 2 on Saturday and right-hander Jhoulys Chacin in Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday. The Dodgers have yet to announce their starters beyond Kershaw.
Milwaukee's decision to start left-handers in Games 1 and 2 is likely the result of the Dodgers hitting .240 against left-handed pitchers compared to .255 against righties this season. But Los Angeles addressed that issue with trades for right-handed bats in Manny Machado, Brian Dozier and David Freese and showed improvement against southpaws in the later part of the season.
Gonzalez, 33, is winless in his previous six postseason starts, posting a 4.78 ERA. He went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts after the Brewers acquired him from the Washington Nationals on Aug. 31.
Miley, 31, allowed just three hits in 4 2/3 scoreless innings for the Brewers in Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Colorado Rockies. Chacin, 30, pitched five scoreless innings against Colorado in Game 2.
The Brewers utilized a bullpen-game plan in their Game 1 win over the Rockies.
(With inputs from agencies.)