Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS Game Five - 10/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (92-73) at Washington Nationals (97-68)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 5:05 pm (Nationals Park)
TBA () () vs. M Scherzer (20-8) (3.03)
The Line: Washington Nationals TBA / Los Angeles Dodgers TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Thursday from Nationals Park, we’ve got Game 5 NLDS winner-take-all MLB action coming between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals as they wrap up their series.
In Tuesday’s Game 4, the Dodgers forced a decisive Game 5 by finally getting their bats going. Los Angeles was up 5-2 at the end of the sixth inning, but allowed three Washington runs in the top of the seventh. The Dodgers were able to respond with a run in the bottom of the eighth, and took a razor-thin victory 6-5 to extend the series.
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The Dodgers haven’t announced a starting pitcher for Thursday just yet, but we’ll update once they do. L.A. will likely go with some combination of Julio Urias and Rich Hill.
Los Angeles got some timely hitting from their lineup in Game 4. Adrian Gonzalez bagged a two-run homer in the first inning to get things started. Justin Turner also had a nice game with a hit, an RBI and two runs. Joc Pederson had two RBI of his own on a 1-for-3 evening.
Over on the Nationals side, we’ll be getting another look at RHP Max Scherzer, as expected. Scherzer was off his game in the opener of this series, giving up four runs on five hits across six innings.
There were a few standouts on offense for Washington in Game 4. Trea Turner went 3-for-5, bagging three runs but striking out twice as well. Daniel Murphy was his usual productive self Tuesday, putting up a 2-for-3 line with four RBI. Jayson Werth was the only other Nationals player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Dodgers are 1-5 in their last six games following an off day, and 4-7 in their last 11 playoff games. Los Angeles is also 4-7 in their last 11 divisional playoff games and 3-8 in their last 11 playoff road games.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 4-1 in their last five Thursday games, and 1-4 in their last five playoff home games. Washington is also 1-4 in their last five divisional playoff home games, and 13-6 in their last 19 home games overall.
Offense has become more and more valuable as this series has worn on. In the first pair of games, the winners scored nine total runs, while in the most recent two games, the winning teams scored 14 runs. Overall, there were 14 runs scored in the first two games, and 22 in the second pair. I’m a little more confident in the Dodgers’ ability to score, and if they can get a quality outing from their first couple of pitchers in the game, I think they can bang this one out. I’ll take Los Angeles.