Washington Nationals: Can they rain over the Dodgers?

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Howie Kendrick #12 of the Washington Nationals chases Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers who was caught in a run down trying to steal second base in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Howie Kendrick #12 of the Washington Nationals chases Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers who was caught in a run down trying to steal second base in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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After the Yankees series rained out, the Washington Nationals now host to the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers. We look ahead to it on this DoDCast episode.

The Washington Nationals and New York Yankees could only manage five and a half innings in their scheduled two-game set. Now more rested than they expected to be, they face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Joining Blake on the DoDCast to look ahead to this series is Jacob Rudner from Dodgers Way.

On this episode, we discuss the following:

  • Where are the Nationals at with their injuries?
  • Are injuries the tale of the Dodgers season so far?
  • Could the Dodgers make a legitimate play for Bryce Harper?
  • Players to watch on both sides in the series
  • Preview/predict each matchup
  • Answer listener questions

The Dodgers are missing a few key players for this series at Nationals Park. Notably Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager, who finished joint 17th in the National League MVP voting last season. While Kershaw is expected to be back within the next few weeks, Seager is done for the year after Tommy John surgery. A huge loss for the Dodgers.

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However, they did at least manage to get Justin Turner back from injury on Tuesday for the start of the series loss with the Miami Marlins. The third baseman went 6 for 13 in the series and could be key to their offense moving forward.

So far the Dodgers haven’t quite managed to get all their pieces moving together at the same time. When their pitching has been on, their offense hasn’t kept up, and vice versa. Alex Wood epitomizes this. An unsightly 0-4 record, but he has a credible 3.35 ERA that has been let down by the bat.

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Next: Which Nats will be All-Stars?

Our next DoDCast will look ahead to the Washington Nationals series against the San Diego Padres who are the next west coast team to come over. But the Nats have to navigate the Dodgers first.

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