Nationals: RH Mark Melancon (2-2, 1.64, 47/51 saves, 75 games, 65 Ks, 71 1/3 IP with Pirates and Nationals), RH Shawn Kelley (3-2, 2.64, 7 saves, 80 Ks, 58 IP), RH Blake Treinen (4-1, 2.28, 1 save, 63 Ks, 67 IP), RH Matt Belisle (0-0, 1.76, 46 IP), RH Reynaldo Lopez (5-3, 4.91, 11 games, 6 starts), LH Sammy Solis (2-4, 2.42, 47 Ks, 41 IP), LH Oliver Perez (2-3, 4.95, 46 Ks, 40 IP), RH Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.50, 1 save, 62 IP). Scherzer won the game but from then on tried to have the same approach for every outing.
Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy said he expects to be in the lineup on Friday in the opener of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last season, Scherzer went just 14-12 but finished with a higher WAR, three more complete games, three complete-game shutouts to none this season, a better ERA, a better WHIP, eight fewer strikeouts, 22 fewer walks and allowed four fewer home runs. You measure yourself when you face the best and he's been the best. "So, going forward with everything on the line, it's going to be fun". It is what you play this game for. I'm super calm. I feel great at the plate. "And, man, I can't wait to compete against him". Here are Three Strikes on the Nationals-Dodgers NLDS, which starts Friday in the nation's capital. I couldn't even remember how to do the Hustle back in the day, because I couldn't memorize the steps.
Rosters don't need to be set until Friday, when Washington hosts Game 1. That is a good feeling. "And I really don't think Clayton cares, either". This year has been a little bit different for me, watching on the sidelines for two months.
Scherzer's first two years in Washington are an example of a record's deception. "So we're not sure about Michael Taylor". He hasn't completed a game though, and his stamina probably isn't where it should be, but he has been awfully good.
The Nationals were 1-5 against the Dodgers this season; Gonzalez was the winning pitcher in the only Washington victory.
"He is one of the best".
"It's awesome", Scherzer said. He is hitting.318 in 22 at-bats against Kershaw.
Neither Dodgers rookie manager Dave Roberts nor Kershaw himself has spent time going over video of past playoff performances to try to glean anything that could be improved or changed for this series.
"Getting into the specifics of their hitters, we felt like [Avilan] matches up really well against them", President of Baseball OperationsAndrew Friedman said. "In the playoffs it comes down to pitching and defense". Washington will host the fifth and final game in the series on October 13. "He is one of the great pitchers in baseball".
Games 3 and 4 (if necessary) will be played at Dodger Stadium next Monday and Tuesday. "If you go out there with aggression in the regular season, you do the same thing".
"That was the past".
Prior to joining the Nationals, Murphy spent seven seasons with the Mets.
Dusty Baker thinks Murphy will be in there.
"He's doing, I don't know, not well", Baker said.
In limited time in the majors this season, Severino was 9 for 28 (.321/.444/.607) with two doubles and two home runs. General manager Jeff Bridich, who took over two years ago, will now get to select his own manager. After clinching the NL West title, the Dodgers lost five of six during the final week of the season, costing them a shot at home-field advantage in this series. "And honestly, it's such a team accomplishment", the 32-year-old Scherzer said.
Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been ruled out of the NLDS due to a flexor mass strain. "It would be very easy if we had Strasburg, I can tell you that right now".