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Playoff Gameday Thread, #8: Same again, please

The NL West teams both lost yesterday, and that's perfectly fine. A repeat today would see the Dodgers eliminated and the Giants going back to Washington for a deciding game. Works for me...

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2:07pm Arizona time, Fox Sports 1: Cardinals lead 2-1

Clayton Kershaw
LHP, 0-1,10.80
Shelby Miller
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Lineups not available at time of writing.

With the Dodgers now staring elimination in the face, they have opted to roll the die and start Kershaw on short rest. That is not necessarily a bad thing based on previous results - 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three career starts. But the results the last couple of times Kershaw has faced the Cardinals in the post-season? Not quite so much, to the extent that there was a fair amount of discussion after his last outing that he was tipping his pitches, the Cardinals were stealing signs, etc. After all, there's no way Kershaw ever gets smacked around legitimately. I'm certainly hoping for more of the same this afternoon.

6:07pm Arizona time, Fox Sports 1: Giants lead 2-1

Gio Gonzalez
LHP, 0-0, N/A
Ryan Vogelsong
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Lineups not available at time of writing.

The Nationals staved off elimination yesterday, with Doug Fister pitching eight shutout innings, and Madison Bumgarner making a key throwing error as he tried to field a bunt. Washington still need one more win in San Franciscon, to force a decisive game five on Thursday, but having beaten the Giants' ace, will certainly be feeling a bit more confident than they were yesterday at this time. They probably have the edge in this pitching match-up, Gonzalez having gone 10-10 with a 3.57 ERA, while Vogelsong was 8-13 with an ERA of four.. But, as we've seen a lot this post-season, it's all about how you perform on the day.

I'm just hoping this day ends with a Dodger-free post=season and the Giants having to win Game 5 in Washington.