By Michael Marzzacco
History could be made tonight.
With a win, the Nationals would end a city-wide 18 year drought. Since 1998, no DC team has made it to a conference final. The last team to do so was the 1998 Capitals (NHL), who made their first Stanley Cup final appearance before getting swept by the Red Wings. No other city in North America with at least three major teams has had a longer wait.
This is the first time the Nationals have held a 2-1 lead in a best of five division series and the second time they’ve been a win away from advancing. While the Redskins, Capitals and Wizards have been around much longer, the 11-year old ballclub has had it’s own share of Postseason failure.
Back in 2012 in their own ballpark, the Nats were one strike away from advancing to the NLCS. They couldn’t get the final out and the St. Louis Cardinals completed the epic comeback. Today the Nats have a chance to erase painful memories of that postseason failure and win their first playoff series in team history. The last time a Washington baseball team won a playoff series was in 1924 when they were known as the Washington Senators.
That was the past, now it’s the present. Today the Dodgers will turn to Clayton Kershaw on short rest hoping to keep their season alive. The Nats will go with Joe Ross.
A win tonight would be the biggest win this area has seen in a long time. First pitch is at 5:08