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Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Preview and Predictions 10-09-2019


The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Washington Nationals on Wednesday in the Game 5 of their National League Division Series with Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman summing the situation up best. "Walker Buehler versus Stephen Strasburg, with Kershaw probably available in the 'pen," Zimmerman told reporters after belting a three-run homer Monday to help force a deciding game. "This is why you play the game. This is what we live for."

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Buehler, the Game 1 winner, hasn't yielded a run in his last 16 2/3 postseason innings for the Dodgers while Strasburg won Game 2 and has permitted one run in nine playoff frames this season. Kershaw, who lost Game 2 on Friday, pitched a scoreless inning of relief on the final day of the regular season and will be available Wednesday on full rest. Los Angeles, which has lost the last two World Series, exploded for a 10-4 victory in Game 3 before being shut down by Max Scherzer in Monday's 6-1 setback. Washington is 0-4 in their NL Division Series history, losing to the Dodgers in Game 5 at Nationals Park in 2016.

TV: 8:37 p.m. ET, TBS

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.00 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Walker Buehler (1-0, 0.00)

Strasburg performs well under a microscope with a 0.64 postseason ERA - the lowest in playoff history with a minimum of four starts - after allowing one run and three hits with 10 strikeouts over six innings of a 4-2 victory at Los Angeles on Friday. "I just learned over the years that pressure's a funny thing," the 31-year-old San Diego native told reporters. "I think it's something you have complete control over." This could be the final appearance in a Washington uniform for Strasburg, who could opt out of his contract after the season.



Buehler yielded one hit and three walks while striking out eight across six innings of a 6-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday and offered a simple perspective for Game 5. "There's not a lot to it," the 25-year-old Kentucky native told reporters. "We've got to win a game, and if we don't, we go home." Buehler is 7-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 15 starts at Dodger Stadium this season and 11-5, 2.52 at home in 33 career games (29 starts) - playoffs included.

WALK-OFFS

1. Nationals CF Victor Robles has missed the last two contests after straining his right hamstring in Game 2.

2. Los Angeles 3B Justin Turner belted his second home run of the series Monday and had a sacrifice fly against Strasburg in Game 2.

3. The road team is 19-13 in Game 5s in division series history.

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Alex Verdugo

    Oblique
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Verdugo has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right oblique strain. He is also dealing with stiffness in his back and is not expected to make a postseason return.

  • Joe Kelly

    Lower Body
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Kelly is nursing a lower-body injury, but he is likely to be available against the Nationals in Game 1 of the NLDS.

  • Justin Turner

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Turner has tightness in his back, but it is expected that he will suit up for Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Nationals.

Washington Nationals

  • Koda Glover

    Forearm
    Late Oct | 60-day IL

    Glover has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list with a right forearm strain and will remain out of the lineup until at least the end of October.

  • Victor Robles

    Hamstring
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Robles has a mild right hamstring strain. It is unknown if he will be available for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.

  • Kurt Suzuki

    Head
    Prob Sat | probable

    Suzuki is dealing with injuries to his left wrist and head. It is expected that he will suit up for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.

  • Austen Williams

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Williams has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Kurt Suzuki

    Elbow
    Prob Tues | probable

    Suzuki is expected to be available for the NL wild-card game versus the Brewers despite lingering inflammation in his elbow.

los-angeles-dodgers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Caleb Ferguson 41 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .500 1.000 .500
Dennis Santana 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Brock Stewart 3 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .333 .667 .333
David Freese 77 39 160 35 51 13 0 11 29 97 0 43 0 .319 .606 .408
Tony Gonsolin 9 6 13 2 4 0 0 0 1 4 0 4 0 .308 .308 .308
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Pedro Baez 71 0 209 69 4 43 6 1 30 0 0 5 23 1112
Yimi Garcia 63 0 186 66 6 40 15 2 28 0 0 2 14 991
Kenley Jansen 61 0 186 77 3 50 9 0 28 0 0 13 16 1046
Joe Kelly 54 0 152 62 3 49 6 2 31 0 0 2 22 888
Dylan Floro 48 0 136 41 2 46 4 5 25 0 0 2 14 727
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Russell Martin 82 51 0 23 5 2 0 6
Will Smith 52 44 0 19 6 0 0 1
Austin Barnes 74 62 2 18 5 6 0 3
Rocky Gale 5 4 0 2 1 1 0 0
A.J. Pollock 84 75 0 0 0 2 3 0

washington-nationals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Andrew Stevenson 28 3 26 4 9 1 1 0 0 12 0 9 0 .346 .462 .485
Howie Kendrick 120 69 330 60 114 23 1 17 62 190 2 49 1 .345 .576 .396
Kyle McGowin 7 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Anthony Rendon 144 144 539 116 173 43 3 34 124 324 5 84 1 .321 .601 .411
Trea Turner 119 119 508 94 151 36 5 18 55 251 34 108 5 .297 .494 .354
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Wander Suero 76 0 209 79 3 64 5 3 36 0 0 6 25 1182
Sean Doolittle 62 0 177 66 2 62 10 2 26 0 0 3 15 1054
Matt Grace 51 1 140 35 2 61 11 0 34 0 0 1 10 704
Tanner Rainey 51 0 142 73 4 32 6 2 22 0 0 3 38 892
Tony Sipp 36 0 63 18 1 19 1 0 12 0 0 0 9 363
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Kurt Suzuki 83 68 1 45 5 3 0 6
Pedro Severino 96 83 1 42 13 8 0 13
Yan Gomes 96 89 0 41 18 4 0 8
Adam Eaton 148 140 0 0 0 6 3 0
Adrian Sanchez 27 1 0 0 0 1 0 0