Dodgers’ bullpen falters as Nationals force a game five

Pedro Baez, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 03: Starting pitcher Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers in the first inning of game one of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

All hands on deck Wednesday

Just as the Dodgers defeated the Nationals in an epic game five of the 2016 NLDS, this series could be headed for another classic finish.  Clayton Kershaw came out of the bullpen in that game five and he will come out of the bullpen on Wednesday, most likely.  The Dodgers will not be afraid to use anyone with their season hanging in the balance outside of maybe Rich Hill.

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Walker Buehler will make the biggest start of his career since he started game seven of the NLCS a year ago.  The reason that the Dodgers wanted Buehler to start game one was so that he would be on track for a possible game five.  Now the Dodgers are getting that exact scenario and if they advance it will be because of stellar start by Buehler.

Dave Roberts will also be on watch as he is taking some flak for moves made in game four.  Roberts took out Kenta Maeda which backfired after Urias came in and put runners on base to set up the Zimmerman home run off of Baez.  Then he pinch hit CT3 over David Freese which did not work out.  Regardless of what happens Wednesday, if the Dodgers lose there will be blame put on Roberts.

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The Dodgers are the deepest team in the National League and they will look to use that to their advantage in game five.  The Nationals already had an “all hands on deck” game for the wild card matchup and now they are turning to Strasburg yet again.  A much fresher and deeper Dodger team should be able to extend their season beyond Wednesday.