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NLDS Game 5: Rich Hill starts for Dodgers vs. Nationals

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One more LDS game left, and then we can move on to the League Championship Series. Last year, three of four Division Series went to a Game 5, but only one did so this time around.

Dodgers vs. Nationals

NLDS Game 5 (Series tied 2-2)

Pitchers: Rich Hill vs. Max Scherzer

Time: 5:08 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports 1

Hill got roughed up in his first playoff start (4⅓ ip, 4 runs), but then so did Scherzer (6 ip, 4 runs, 2 HR). These guys are both elite strikeout artists, though, so either one could go lights out at any moment. Hill will be on short rest, so rookie phenom Julio Urias and the L.A. bullpen will surely get lots of work.

Of course, both of these teams hate winning playoff series, so this one could turn out like that one episode of South Park in which both teams are trying as hard as they can to lose because they don’t want to play anymore. It’ll be kind of like watching the A’s play the A’s in a winner-take-all game (sigh).

The Dodgers reached an NLDS Game 5 last year, and lost at home to the Mets. This is their fourth straight NLDS appearance, but only once in the previous three tries did they move on to the NLCS (where they subsequently lost). Meanwhile, the Nats lost an NLDS Game 5 at home in 2012 (to the Cardinals), and then lost in four games in 2014 to the Giants.

That seems like a great chance to remind you that the Giants lost their own series to the Cubs on Tuesday at home in unbelievably heartbreaking fashion, blowing a 5-2 lead in the 9th while using five relievers in a single frame. It was delicious. Whoever wins on Thursday will play the Cubs in the NLCS starting Saturday in Chicago.

Today's Lineups

Chase Utley - 2B Trea Turner - CF
Corey Seager - SS Bryce Harper - RF
Justin Turner - 3B Jayson Werth - LF
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Daniel Murphy - 2B
Josh Reddick - RF Anthony Rendon - 3B
Joc Pederson - CF Ryan Zimmerman - 1B
Yasmani Grandal - C Danny Espinosa - SS
Andrew Toles - LF Jose Lobaton - C
Rich Hill - LHP Max Scherzer - RHP