Nats Look to Wash Away Dodgers in Game 5
By: James Kelly Jr. -@KellyJLive
Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals- Thursday 8 pm- FS1
Here it is Washington, the game you’ve been waiting for all season ! There is nothing not to like about the Nats chances, Thursday. The winner of this do-or-die matchup between the Dodgers and Nationals, will book their flight to Chicago, to meet the Cubs in the NLCS. Last night, a vicious comeback by that buzzsaw of Cubs lineup, saw them finish off the Giants in Game 4 of that division series.
Washington manager, Dusty Baker, will send hard throwing, right-handed ace, Max Scherzer, to the bump. The 20 game winner, shouldered the loss in Game 1 to Clayton Kershaw, serving up four earned runs through six innings, in a 4-3 Dodger victory. Scherzer, on normal rest, will have the advantage, as the Dodgers go with southpaw, Rich Hill, on short rest.
Rich Hill had a decent outing in a losing effort, in Game 2. He made just one mistake, which proved to be deadly, when José Lobatón launched a three run homer over the left center field wall. Hill would go on to take the loss. Nevertheless, the lefty has been the Dodgers road warrior this season, going an impressive, 8-2 away from Chavez Tavern.
The Nationals hitters are just salivating at the thought of getting Hill on short rest. This is 2015 NL MVP, Bryce Harper’s, time to shine, and show why he is the Nationals’ MVP. Harper, Werth, Rendon, Murphy, Lobatón…eeek. If I’m a Dodgers fan, wake me when it’s over. Game 5 is the Nationals’ to lose. Unless Hill comes out and utterly dominates, the Nats win, and go on to face the Cubs for the National League pennant.