September 17, 2021

NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Dodgers (Baseball Essential)

The Los Angeles Dodgers (106-56) and Washington Nationals (93-69) will square off in the National League Division Series. The Dodgers won the season series with the Nationals, 4-3. This marks the second time in four years that these two ballclubs will meet each other in the first round of the NL playoffs, as the Dodgers beat the Nationals in five games in 2016. On one hand, the Dodgers cruised to a seventh consecutive NL West division title and had their way with nearly every team in the NL. On the other hand, the Nationals pulled off an astonishing midseason turnaround after beginning 19-31 to make the playoffs, and then they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Wild Card Game in thrilling fashion on Tuesday. This NLDS matchup figures to be an exciting, rollercoaster series. Here are the deciding factors to the series and which team will ultimately advance to the NL Championship Series.

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