Dodgers vs Nationals Live: Dodgers vs Nationals Live Stream The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Washington Nationals in a decisive Game 5 of the 2019 National League Division Series on Wednesday. The Dodgers, who finished first in the NL West at 106-56, are seeking their fourth straight NLCS. The Nationals, second in the NL East at 93-69, are shooting for just their second NLCS appearance. First pitch from Dodger Stadium is set for 8:37 p.m. ET, and this is the third time the franchises have met in the postseason
The Washington Nationals weren’t even a .500 baseball team and the Los Angeles Dodgers were running away with the National League, a wise executive looked at the landscape of the league and offered a prediction. “The only thing that’s going to stop the Dodgers,” he said, “is the Nationals in a short series.”
The nightmare scenario of a first-round playoff loss has not come to fruition, not entirely, and yet after Washington’s 6-1 victory in Game 4 that sent their NL Division Series back to Dodger Stadium for a win-or-go-home Game 5 on Wednesday, it felt awfully prescient. Any team, even one as consistently excellent as the 106-win Dodgers, is vulnerable when facing the sort of elite starting pitching the Nationals possess. That truth is exacerbated even more by the unforgiving nature of a five-game series.
Major league baseball’s postseason is the scorpion-and-frog parable come to life. In an ideal playoff for the league, the best teams — that is, those whose 162-game excellence lent credence to the importance of the regular season and proved a superior level of talent and execution — would advance. It is against MLB’s interest for the Dodgers, a star brand in the country’s second-biggest media market, to lose. The playoffs don’t care. This is their nature.
Which, for the Dodgers, led to a long flight home early Tuesday morning. If a five-game series is unrelenting, a one-game series, which is essentially what they now face, is even more fraught with peril. There is, quite literally, no room for error(s). One can end a season. All 27 outs carry extreme value. Especially when the opposing pitcher is Stephen Strasburg.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Washington Nationals in a decisive Game 5 of the 2019 National League Division Series on Wednesday. The Dodgers, who finished first in the NL West at 106-56, are seeking their fourth straight NLCS. The Nationals, second in the NL East at 93-69, are shooting for just their second NLCS appearance. First pitch from Dodger Stadium is set for 8:37 p.m. ET, and this is the third time the franchises have met in the postseason. The latest Dodgers vs. Nationals odds show Los Angeles favored at -149 on the money line (risk $149 to win $100), while the over-under for total runs scored is seven. Before making any Nationals vs. Dodgers picks of your own, look at the MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, entered the first full week of the 2019 MLB Playoffs up over $1,100 for $100 players on top-rated MLB picks. The model was especially strong on top-rated money line picks this season, entering the week on a profitable 158-130 run. Anyone who has been following it is way up.
Now the model has dialed in on Dodgers vs. Nationals. We can tell you it’s leaning over, and it also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.
The model knows the Dodgers, who lead the all-time series 283-201, including a 157-84 advantage at Dodger Stadium, have made 36 postseason appearances and won 23 pennants. They have also won six World Series titles. Right-hander Walker Buehler (14-4, 3.26 ERA) will get the start for Los Angeles. He won Game 1, 6-0, going six innings, allowing one hit, while walking three and striking out eight. In his last six decisions including the playoffs, he is 5-1 with 49 strikeouts in 40 innings.
The Dodgers won the season series 4-3 and have won four of the last five season series against the Nationals. Third baseman Justin Turner enters the game with a six-game hitting streak. He is red-hot, going 6-for-18 with two doubles, two homers and five RBIs in the series.
But just because Los Angeles has had Washington’s number does not mean it is the best value on the Nationals vs. Dodgers money line.
That’s because the Nationals will be sending ace righty Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA) to the mound. Strasburg has a 0.64 ERA in the postseason. In Game 2 of the 2019 NLDS, he held Los Angeles to one run in six innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
Offensively, Washington has four players who are hitting .333 or higher in the postseason, including shortstop Trea Turner, who is 6-for-17 in the series with three doubles. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is 4-for-12 in the series, including a three-RBI performance on Monday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won 106 games during the regular season just so they could play a deciding game in the playoffs in front of their home fans.
That moment comes on Wednesday, when they host the Washington Nationals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
The Dodgers had a chance to close things out on the road, but the Nationals came through with a 6-1 victory Monday night to even the series at two games apiece.
“We were prepared to go all five,” rookie catcher Will Smith said as players filed out of a subdued Dodger clubhouse. “We’re still liking our chances.”