Are the Nolas Rooting for Austin’s Padres or Aaron’s Phillies in the NLCS?
We’re a week removed from the Nats’ defeat in the National League Wild Card game and just as the postseason is beginning to look like a do-over, all eyes are turned at the moment to Nats v. Dodgers.
As you’re reading this, the Nats’ second trip to the National League Championship Series, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that they’ll finish the season with a trophy as the No. 1 team in the National League East.
However, we still have to turn the page from last Friday’s game. The Nats fell short in their attempt to sweep the Dodgers in a two-game set, dropping their 4-3 Game 2 loss to the Dodgers and setting up the return match-up.
It’d still be interesting to see how the Nats would fare against Los Angeles with all of their key players back, and if they’d get that opportunity again in the NLCS, it’d also be interesting to see what a team whose pitching ranks somewhere between the Nats and St. Louis Cardinals (or perhaps between Baltimore and Minnesota) would look like in the National League Division Series.
It all comes down to what the Nats will look like in the National League Division Series, and if they’re going to do that.
What we’re really focused on in the NLCS, however, is the pitching matchup and the race to see which team comes out the better.
When you put it all together, all of the factors in Washington’s favor come down to the pitching.
And that’s all due to the Nationals’ staff, especially in the first two games of the series.
For the Dodgers, their pitching has all of the characteristics of a bullpen, which might mean that they give the Nats a good game early on to get the momentum going, and they hold the Nats over the final three weeks as the game’s only difference maker.
For Washington, their pitching is almost certainly the secret sauce behind their success in their last three games of the NLCS.
The key players to watch in the N