With yesterday's off-day and the Cubs' late triumph on Tuesday, it feels like we're already into League Championship Series play. However, while the Blue Jays and Indians are set to get underway in Cleveland tomorrow night, the other NLDS has yet to be settled.
Thanks to a late hit in Game 4 by playoff veteran Chase Utley, the Dodgers survived and forced a decisive Game 5 against the Nationals. So there they are, back in the nation's capital, to see who will advance to the NLCS against the Cubs. In their brief history since moving from Montreal, the Nationals have never won a playoff series,and suffered a heartbreaking ninth inning defeat in Game 5 of the 2012 NLCS against the Cardinals. Hell, including the days of D.C. baseball going back to the Senators, the city has not seen a playoff series victory in 92 years, going back to the Senators' triumph in the 1924 World Series.
The Dodgers aren't quite as due, but they're a damn good club as well. They might have made several NLCS appearances in the past decade or so, but they have not won the NL pennant since the miracle '88 team of Kirk Gibson and Orel Hershiser. They would obviously love a shot to break that schneid, even against a tough team like the Cubs.
The Nats will definitely have the advantage with NL Cy Young favorite Max Scherzer seeking redemption for a shaky Game 1, especially since the Dodgers had to burn Clayton Kershaw in Game 4 just to reach this point. L.A. will send the blister-prone but dangerous Rich Hill out on three days' rest with 20-year-old wunderkind Julio Urias ready to back him up if needed.
This should be a good one, so join us to watch it! The game starts at 8:08 on Fox Sports 1.
|LOS ANGELES DODGERS||WASHINGTON NATIONALS|
|Chase Utley - 2B||Trea Turner - CF|
|Corey Seager - SS||Bryce Harper - RF|
|Justin Turner - 3B||Jayson Werth - LF|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Daniel Murphy - 2B|
|Josh Reddick - RF||Anthony Rendon - 3B|
|Joc Pederson - CF||Ryan Zimmerman - 1B|
|Yasmani Grandal - C||Danny Espinosa - SS|
|Andrew Toles - LF||Jose Lobaton - C|
|Rich Hill - LHP||Max Scherzer - RHP|