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Dodgers Dugout: Breaking down the Game 3 loss to the Nationals

Julio Urias
Will Julio Urias start for the Dodgers today?
(Denis Poroy / AFP/Getty Images)

Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, hoping today is not the last day of Dodger season. 

Breaking down Game 3

 --This season is beginning to look an awful lot like the last three seasons.

--At the time I am writing this, there is still no word on who will start for the Dodgers in Game 4 today. I’d go with Julio Urias and save Clayton Kershaw for a potential Game 5. Why?  Because I think you have a better chance winning with Urias in Game 4 than Hill in Game 5.

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--Maybe Carlos Ruiz should have gotten the start in Game 3 instead of Yasmani Grandal.

--Kenley Jansen sure picked a heck of a time to have his worst outing.

--If you missed it, the Giants won last night, so today’s Dodgers game starts at 2 p.m. PT.

--Kenta Maeda had an ERA over four the last two months of the season. That’s the Maeda that showed up yesterday too.

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--Again, the Washington bullpen shut down the Dodgers, giving up only two hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.

--The Nationals were three for eight with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers were 0 for 4.

--The only starter hitting above .250 for the Dodgers is Justin Turner (.500).

--I have a bad feeling about today’s game. I hope I’m wrong.

--If you are stuck someplace and can’t watch the game, consider following our live coverage of every Dodgers playoff game. You can see them at www.latimes.com/sports.

The rest of the schedule

Game 4: Today, Washington (TBA) at Dodgers (TBA), 2 p.m. TV: FS1

Game 5 (if necessary): Thursday, Dodgers (TBA) at Washington (TBA) 2 p.m. (5 p.m. if only one NLDS game). TV: FS1

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In case you missed it

What our great crew of Los Angeles Times reporters are saying about the Dodgers:

It has to be Clayton Kershaw in Game 4, but it’s a shame it has to be that way

Dodgers’ failures at the plate sends fans scurrying for the exits

A look at today’s Game 4 matchup

What others are saying

Do the Dodgers need an October hero?

Dodgers face their biggest pitching decision of the season

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Experience is paying off for Nationals’ offense

And finally

Vin Scully recites the “Field of Dreams” speech. Watch and listen.

Have a comment or something you’d like to see in a future Dodgers newsletter? Email me and follow me on Twitter: @latimeshouston


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