Stephen Strasburg was heroic and Michael A. Taylor launched an iconic grand slam into the Wrigley Field basket in game four of the NLDS to force a deciding matchup between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs. Today will be the third NLDS game five in the past seven seasons for the Nats. If you’re reading this, you likely know how the other two times went. What could possibly go wrong?
Following an impressive offensive outburst (at least in the first two games) against the Reds, the defending champion Chicago Cubs (man that still sounds weird) come to town for a four game series. The Cubs seem to still be in a bit of a championship hangover, as most of their roster from last year’s team returned, yet the results are not nearly what they were last year. The Cubs come into this first game of the series with a 38-37 record, good for second in the NL central behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
Friday June 23: Luis Castillo (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.28 ERA) 7:05 p.m. MASN Saturday June 24: Homer Bailey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Joe Ross (3-3, 5.98 ERA) 4:05 p.m. MASN 2 Sunday June 25: Scott Feldman (5-5, 4.20 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (6-4, 4.88 ERA) 1:35 p.m MASN
The Nationals and Reds face off for the first time this season at Nationals Park this weekend. Don’t forget about tonight’s epic Game of Thrones night! The Nats and Reds will meet seven times this season, three at home and four in Cincinnati. They’ll meet in Cincinnati to begin the second half of the season after the All Star break from July 14-17.