Washington Nationals-Dodgers Game 1 NLDS Preview
By Ricky Keeler
Looking at this matchup, I see this game as a pitcher’s duel. While Kershaw has had a sub-.500 record in the postseason, I think his domination of the Washington Nationals is going to hold form in this game.
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If there is one difference from those games, it’s going to be the Nats leadoff hitter, Trea Turner. With the lack of home runs being hit off Kershaw, the Washington Nationals are going to have to manufacture runs to win this game. Turner’s speed will play a big factor in that.
As for Scherzer, if he can avoid giving up the early home run, I think he can find a way to feed off the loud crowd at home. He will put up a high strikeout total. I would expect both of these pitchers to throw 105+ pitches in this one.
This game will come down to a battle of the bullpens. If that ends up being the case, I trust Dusty Baker more than Dave Roberts (first postseason game as manager) to make the right decision. While I think the Dodgers will win the series in four games, this is the one game I think the Washington Nationals will find a way to win.
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