On Thursday morning, the
Hill will be the first Dodger to pitch. But he will be far from the last.
Working on three days of rest, Hill will not be asked to shoulder a 110-pitch load like
The Nationals sport a top-heavy lineup. The Dodgers worry far more about the first four hitters in the lineup – Trea Turner,
So expect Hill to face Harper and Murphy once, maybe twice. If he can handle a second turn against them, he might get the assignment. Or the Dodgers could ask Urias to face Harper and Murphy on the second turn through the lineup.
One thing to keep an eye on: Urias is not experienced as a reliever. The Dodgers will be sure to give him plenty of time to heat up. That means they will potentially trust Josh Fields,
It's a complicated strategy, and one that Roberts will need to execute with care. He left his team in a rough spot in Game 4 when Kershaw exited the stages with the bases loaded. Baez entered the game, rather than Blanton, and a three-run lead soon disappeared. The team hopes to avoid a repeat on Game 5. There may be no tomorrow.