NLDS Game 2 Preview: Washington vs Los Angeles

[author image=”” ]Ryan Foley, [/author]






Game 1 Recap

It was supposed to be a pitchers duel throughout as the Washington Nationals hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, but all was for not. The Dodgers jumped on starting pitcher Max Scherzer for an early first inning run and never looked back after taking the lead. Led by third baseman Justin Turner’s two RBI, the Dodgers were able to hop on the back of their ace Clayton Kershaw in route to their game 1 victory 4-3 over Washington.

Game 2 Preview

A postponed Game 2 will take place today (1 p.m. on FS1) in Washington as the Nationals look to even the series against the Dodgers by putting starting pitcher Tanner Roark (16-10 2.83 era) against the lefty Rich Hill (12-5 2.12 era). The Nationals must see production from the middle of the lineup led by Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. If Harper wants to justify his impending contract negotiations, now is the time to show-up. Unless he wants to be compared to another Alex Rodriguez, Harper needs to put up numbers today in order for them to win. The team feeds off of his production. The Dodgers have a unique opportunity to go up 2-0 on the road and head home with a chance to end the series as early as Game 3.  Adrian Gonzalez can definitely help the cause by having a “Gonzo” type game by going 4-5 with at least a home run. If he gets going, then the entire batting lineup will benefit.

Prediction: Washington wins  5-2 to even the series.

Leave a Reply