NLDS Game 2 Preview: Dodgers @ Nationals

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Photo by Rachel Levitin

By Michael Marzzacco

Starting lineup

  1. Trea Turner CF
  2. Bryce Harper RF
  3. Jayson Werth LF
  4. Daniel Murphy 2B
  5. Anthony Rendon 3B
  6. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  7. Danny Espinosa SS
  8. Jose Lobaton C
  9. Tanner Roark P

The Nats missed opportunities at the plate proved costly in a 4-3 defeat in Game 1 on Friday evening, going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. While they did do a good job of getting to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, they couldn’t muster any runs off of their bullpen.

Today Tanner Roark takes the ball looking to help the Nats try to pull even before they depart to LA for Game 3 on Monday.

“I’m very excited,” Roark told reporters yesterday. “I was already nervous before I woke up this morning and I’m not pitching till (Sunday). It’s just the kind of person I am to want to win and the will to win, and to go out there and see everybody succeed is the ultimate goal.”

Los Angeles will counter with Rich Hill.

Many “experts” including each pregame analyst on Fox Sports 1 (including baseball legends Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez) picked the Dodgers to win this series. The last thing Washington wants is to head to LA down 2-0, something they did two years ago when they faced the San Francisco Giants.

“I’ve been an underdog most of my life. I have two drawings on my wall by Joe Smith. He was the ‘Underdog’ artist and actually, “Underdog” was one of my favorite cartoon characters,” said Nationals manager Dusty Baker.

Cartoon dog or not, the Nationals certainly are underdogs in this series. A win today would be a good first step in proving the critics wrong.

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