Nats and Dodgers - Game 2

Nats and Dodgers – Game 2

By: James Kelly Jr. – @KellyJLive

LA Dodgers at Washington Nationals – 1pm- FS1

This is a must win for Washington ! This is what I have been concerned with since the break with Washington…no offense.  The bats need to wake up, and that won’t be any easy task against the  2016 resurgence of Rich Hill.  Hill started this year’s campaign with the Oakland A’s.  An impressive start led to Hill finding his way to a contender, in the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The lefty blazed his way to a 12-5 finish, and a miniscule ERA, at 2.13.  Hill’s postseason experience is limited to just 3 innings and an ERA of 9.00.  Today he will look to lower that , and the boom, on the Washington Nationals.  Hill is 8-1 on the road this year, which really makes this an easy decision for manager, Dave Roberts.

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Tanner Roark makes his playoff debut for the Nats.  He certainly has his work cut out for him, facing a well seasoned, and experienced, Dodgers lineup.  Roark will try to locate that two-seamer, and freeze Dodger hitters.  He had a rough September, going just 1-3.  The Wilmington, Illinois native is coming off a win in October, and will look to transition his 16-10 season into postseason success.

I really like Rich Hill on the road today in soggy Washington.  This is a must win for the Nats.  Nobody wants to head back to Chavez Raveen down 0-2, with Kenya Maeda coming your way in game 3 in front of a raucous crowd.  With no Stephen Strasburg buffer available for them in this series, today is pretty much do or die for the Nationals.