NLDS: Max Scherzer, Nationals top Dodgers to force Game 5

The Nationals trusted Wander Suero all season and will have him on their NLDS roster

The Washington Nationals have pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers to the limit in the National League Division Series.

With fans who braved some rain chanting, "Beat LA!" in the late going, Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson combined to get the last six outs for Washington, setting up a winner-take-all contest Wednesday in Los Angeles.

"We talked after the game".

The two teams split the opening two contests in LA, each won a game in DC, and now the decisive game returns to Hollywood.

While the Dodgers have not officially announced their starting pitcher for Game 1, all indications point to Walker Buehler (14-4, 3.26 ERA).

He threw 109 pitches over seven innings in Game 4, then said he didn't think he'd be able to pitch again Wednesday, because, as Scherzer put it, "My arm is hanging right now". It's never happened before, and that includes the franchise's time as the Montreal Expos.

Can the Washington Nationals begin to show some life? They have not celebrated a title since 1988 despite reaching the playoffs each of the last six seasons, and 12 times since beating the A's three decades ago. But with Washington leading the 106-win Dodgers on the road, manager Dave Martinez wagered the one-inning outing was his best bet to fly home with a win. "Really good, especially down the stretch". Pitchers don't generally max out during between-start bullpen sessions and Scherzer could be limited in Game 3 if he starts.

The Dodgers got their lone run off Strasburg in the sixth on a Justin Turner sacrifice fly.

Maeda has pitched in three of the four games of the series, allowing only the infield hit. Max Scherzer draws the start tonight as he comes in with an 11-7 record, 2.92 ERA and 1.03 WHIP during the regular season plus 243 strikeouts over 172 1/3 innings of work.

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg leaves the field after striking out Corey Seager during Game 2 of the NLDS on Friday.

There is no disputing LA was the top dog on the Senior Circuit from the start to the end. Was it more over-management of the game or Julio Urias not performing when called upon? The pen needs to get back on track in this one and in game five, if there is one or they will not survive this series.

Ryu had a no-decision in a 4-2 victory July 26 in Washington, allowing one run and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Scherzer threw 14 pitches in his flawless inning after he went five innings against the Brewers. The bullpen ranked 5th in the league with a 3.85 ERA. Both Los Angeles and Washington averaged fewer than seven runners left on base per game in 2019. Can Washington stay alive today with its ace on the mound? If the Dodgers lose it will just beget more "If's". That is what their -147 price suggests.