Major League Baseball: NLDS Game 4 WASH vs. LAD
Best-of-5: WASH Leads 2-1 Starting Pitchers: WASH- TBD LAD- TBD
Washington Nationals (95-67, 45-36 away) at Los Angeles Dodgers (91-71, 53-28 home)
October 11, 2016- 5:00 PM ET (TV FS1) Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
With their playoff backs against the wall, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take to the field at Chavez Ravine on Tuesday afternoon needing nothing short of a victory as they will square off against the Washington Nationals in a Game 4 do-or-die that has the following betting lines;
Best Nationals Lines: MyBookie ML “See Live Odds”
Best Dodgers Lines: 5Dimes ML “See Live Odds”
Over/Under: BetOnline “See Live Odds”
After taking one on the chin in a 8-3 Game 3 defeat on Monday, there is no “tomorrow” for the Boys in Blue as they are on the brink of elimination in this best-of-5 NL Division Series versus a Nats team seeking to end this series and move on to the NLCS.
And as the Dodgers head into this must-win situation, there is still no word on who will take to the bump, though the feeling in the Dodger camp is manager Dave Roberts will turn to ace and Game 1 Clayton Kershaw.
Not ideal for the Dodgers wanting to do this as Kershaw will be working on three-days rest after pitching on Friday back in DC, but as one of the best hurlers in all of baseball, Los Angeles may not have a choice if they wish to extend their postseason and send this series back to our nation’s capital.
Another option if Roberts wishes to choose will be original Game 4 starter, left-hander Julio Urias, the teenage sensation, who after a rough start to his major league career has really settled into his own. One of the best Dodger starters in the second half of the season, Urias finished with a 5-2 mark with a 3.39 ERA, and in the month of August won four consecutive games.
As for the Nationals, they too have some decisions to make with their starting pitcher as manager Dusty Baker will need to decide between right-handers, Joe Ross or Reynaldo Lopez.
Ross finished the regular-season with a 7-5 record in 19 start with a 3.43 ERA, while Lopez went 5-3 in 11 games (six starts) with a 4.91 ERA.
The good news is, whoever the Nationals decide to throw out on the mound, at least he isn’t a left-hander as the Dodger are been beyond woeful in hitting southpaws. Needing the timely hit leaving too many runners on base has also been their Achilles Heel.
With no room for error and needing to take advantage of every opportunity, will it be enough for the Dodgers to force an all-important Game 5? As we await the betting lines for this matchup from MyBookie and Dimes, I will stay with the LAD over WASH in a straight-up moneyline win over the Nationals to send this series to a Game 5.