The Nats and the Dodgers line up against each other in a win-or-go-home Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium. The game will start at 8:37 pm and be televised on TBS.
As a result of being throttled by Max Scherzer in Game 4 in Washington the Dodgers will get the unenviable task of facing Stephen Strasburg in Game 5. Scherzer brought his A-game on Monday night in Washington. He gave up only earned run on a first inning home run by Justin Turner. Then he settled down quickly to pitch 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and only 1 earned run while striking out 7 and walking 3 in the Nats 6-1 victory.
Strasburg came out of the bullpen in relief to throw 3 scoreless innings to win the Wild Card game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He then came back on only two days rest to throw 85 pitches over 6 innings, in a masterful performance, to beat the Dodgers last Friday night in Chavez Ravine. Strasburg gave up only 3 hits and 1 earned run striking out 10 and walking zero. Strasburg will get the Game 5 start for the Nats and Patrick Corbin will be in the pen if he is needed.
The Dodgers will send Walker Buehler to the mound to start Game 5. He pitched 6 innings of shutout ball in Game 1 allowing only one hit. The Dodgers will have Clayton Kershaw ready to come on in relief if he is needed.
Strasburg will try to ensure that the Nats advance and he can continue what has been his best season. He is 23-12 and in his 3 starts against the Dodgers he allowed just 4 earned runs in 19 innings pitched while striking out 26 and only giving up 2 bases on balls.
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts chose Buehler to start Game 1 over Kershaw even thought he lost both of his starts against the Nationals during the season. His faith in Buehler was rewarded with the 6-inning one its masterpiece.
The Nationals were a +160 underdog for this series but if Strasburg can deliver another dominant performance, they can advance ending the Dodgers recent reign in the National League and reward Nat backers with a nice payoff.