The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw stuck to the theme of the season and gritted out an edge of your seat 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. Take stats out of the equation in this series and just win should be the motto. The Dodgers bullpen deserves a lot of praise for coming in the 6th inning and pitching shutout ball. Kenley Jansen secured a five -out save.
Well today is game 2 with weather permitting. Game 2 on FS1. Game time scheduled for 1pm
Chance of rain during Game 2…
4 p.m. – 85%
5 p.m. – 50%
6 p.m. – 35%
7 p.m. – 35%
8 p.m. – 15%
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) October 8, 2016
Rich Hill 12-5 2.12 ERA will be going against a right hander in Tanner Roark 16-10 2.83. Now with the word of the weather delay, the game might start between an hour or two after scheduled time. This will be the Nationals lineup today:
So how has Hill fared against the Nats? Hill is 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA in four games (three starts) against the Nationals. Hopefully the moist weather won’t be an issue for Hills’s blister as everyone knows he likes to throw his nasty curve. Also something to keep in mind as Hill prepares to take the mound. Hill’s spin rate on his curve ball is what makes his pitch so devastating. Hopefully the game won’t be rained out.
The key for Hill and this series is keeping Trea Turner off the basepaths. This is how the Nats have done against Hill.
Ryan Zimmerman has had the most at bats against hill and has had success with two home-runs. Jose Lobaton was put in the lineup because he has has success vs Hill. This will be the Dodgers lineup today:
So how have the Dodgers done going against Roark?
The Dodgers have never lost a best-of-5 postseason series after winning Game 1, 6-0 record is the best of any team in postseason history.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 8, 2016
So Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson have had success against Roark and need to come up big today. Yasiel Puig also has had success but he will be on the bench. Hopefully he will see some action. Roark likes to throw his sinker and uses his two seam fastball on two strikes to put batters away as they are expecting breaking stuff. Dodgers are good at hitting fastballs and need to make the adjustment with two strikes.
It would be nice to take this game and take a 2-0 lead in the series. The series will shift to Los Angeles for game 3 where the Dodgers have played really well. The only issue with game 3 is they will be going against left-hander in Gio Gonzalez. The Dodgers need to get out of the NLDS and close the Nationals out in Los Angeles.