The Best of the Day preview swings for the bleachers with MLB playoffs tips for Game 3 between the Washington Nationals and LA Dodgers.
10:45 (AEDT) @ Nationals Park, Washington DC
History: Played 484: Dodgers 283 V Nationals 201
Last meeting: October 5, 2019: Nationals 4 d Dodgers 2 at Dodgers Stadium
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down Game 3 of the National League Division Series in the MLB playoffs.
The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers head to D.C. after splitting the first two games in LA.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 3, 2019
The Dodgers opened up with a 6-0 shutout on Friday (AEST), powering away with two runs in bottom of the seventh and eighth innings.
Max Muncy played a key role with two hits and three RBI.
Max Muncy = Clutch
— Dodger Blue (@DodgerBlue1958) October 4, 2019
But the Nationals responded with a 4-2 win the following day after getting off to a three-runs-to-nil flyer two innings in.
The Nationals’ 35-year-old pitcher Max Scherzer – usually a starter – came out of the bullpen to shut down the Dodgers’ late comeback attempt.
Reliever Max Scherzer. pic.twitter.com/UnsC2DrkNF
— MLB (@MLB) October 5, 2019
Scherzer is set to start Game 3. Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-5 this season) is likely to be on the mound for the Dodgers.
It’s been a wild ride for Washington, who won their last eight regular-season games to snatch a Wild Card slot. They then edged the Brewers 4-3 in the NL Wild Card game.
The Nationals rallied in the eighth inning to beat Milwaukee in the National League wild-card game. #WorldSeries #MLB
take a 4-3 lead on the Brewers going into the ninth of the NL wildhttps://t.co/DCXZdEm5DQ
— AM800news (@AM800News) October 2, 2019
The Dodgers – runaway leaders in the NL West with a 106-56 record – won their last seven regular-season games.
The Dodgers won two of their three games in Washington in July and have won 11 of their last 14 in the capital overall.
The Nationals are on a nine-game winning streak at home. The Dodgers have won their last seven on the road.
Touched down in D.C. pic.twitter.com/9FBGI8XQvT
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 6, 2019
Despite the Nationals’ Game 2 bounce-back, the Dodgers are still the team to beat in the National League. In a crunch game, the Dodgers class should shine through.
Lean towards the under for more Best of the Day value, with seven of the teams’ last nine producing seven runs or less.