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Breaking down Game 2
--I was feeling pretty good when the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead. That will teach me to get overconfident.
--You have to wonder if the winds were affecting
--In seven playoff games against the Dodgers,
--Why did the Dodgers lose? They went one for nine with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base. I hate to keep picking on Grandal but hitting into a double play with the bases loaded and one out and then striking out with the bases loaded and one out really deflated the offense.
--It's hard to root against a team managed by
--Game 3 is today at 1 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. We'll probably hear a lot about how having to fly from Washington to L.A. and then playing a game is tough on their tired bodies. It makes for a good story, but I have a difficult time believing the players will have problems with fatigue.
--The Dodgers did the smart thing by sending Game 3 starter Kenta Maeda back to L.A. before Game 2 began. Hopefully the good Maeda shows up today and not the one who gets hit hard early.
--Remember how the Dodgers are the worst-hitting team against lefties in the NL? The Nationals start left-hander
The rest of the schedule
Game 3: Today, Washington (Gio Gonzalez) at Dodgers (Kenta Maeda), 1 p.m. TV: MLBN
Game 4: Tuesday, Washington (TBA) at Dodgers (Julio Urias), 2 p.m. (5 p.m. if only one NLDS game) TV: FS1
Game 5: Thursday, Dodgers (TBA) at Washington (TBA) 2 p.m. (5 p.m. if only one NLDS game). TV: FS1
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