Brewers name first three starters for NLCS; Gonzalez gets Game 1

              Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

“Bullpenning” might be taking a backseat for the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS.

The team announced its starting pitchers — not “openers” for the first three games of the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which begins Friday at Miller Park.

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Gio Gonzalez, who did not pitch in Milwaukee’s NLDS sweep of Colorado, gets the nod in Game 1. He’ll face off against Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw.

The left-handed Gonzalez made five starts for the Brewers after being acquired from Washington, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 0.947 WHIP. Gonzalez has historically not fared well in the postseason with a 4.78 ERA in 26 1/3 innings. He did not face the Dodgers this season.

Milwaukee is going with another lefty in Game 2, with Wade Miley tabbed to start. He had a 2.57 ERA and 1.215 WHIP in 16 starts in the regular season and tossed 4 2/3 shutout innings at Colorado in Game 3. Like Gonzalez, Miley did not pitch against L.A. in the regular season.

Jhoulys Chacin, who started Game 163 as well as Game 2 in the NLDS, will pitch in Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday. Chacin was 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.163 WHIP for the Brewers. He did not fare well in his only appearance against the Dodgers this season, allowing nine runs — eight earned — in 4 1/3 innings in a 21-5 loss in Los Angeles on Aug. 2.