The Washington Nationals won a wild one in the National League Wild Card Game, and now they advance to face the juggernaut that is the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2019 NLDS. The series gets going on Thursday, October 3rd, with first pitch set for 8:37 p.m. on TBS. The winner advances to face the winner of the Braves-Cardinals LDS.
The Dodgers have home field advantage in this matchup thanks to a 106-56 record. They rolled through their division, clinching weeks ago and finishing the year 21 games ahead of the second place Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Nationals got off to an atrocious start, sitting at 19-31 in late May. They slowly turned things around and spent a good chunk of the second half of the season leading the NL Wild Card race. They held off the Milwaukee Brewers for the top spot, which ensured them home field advantage in Tuesday’s one-game playoff. The Nationals advanced thanks to Juan Soto’s two run-scoring single that turned into three runs thanks to Trent Gresham’s field error.
The starters have not been officially announced, but the Dodgers are expected to start Walker Buehler in Game 1, followed by Clayton Kershaw in Game 2. The Nationals went through Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in their Wild Card win, so Patrick Corbin is expected to start Game 1, followed by Anibal Sanchez in Game 2.
DraftKings Sportsbook will have full Game 1 odds in the next day so, but in the meantime, here are some notable odds as we get ready for this series to kick off.
- Money Line: Nationals +150, Dodgers -175
Series winner: Dodgers -210, Nationals +173
Total games played (4.5): Over +157, Under -200
Spread — series outcome (1.5): Dodgers +128, Nationals -159
Win Gm 1 and the series
- Dodgers: Yes -112, No -112
- Nationals: Yes +345, No -480
Exact outcome of the series
- Dodgers win 3-2: +285
- Dodgers win 3-0: +330
- Dodgers win 3-1: +330
- Nationals win 3-1: +475
- Nationals win 3-2: +550
- Nationals win 3-0: +1400