The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers are battling for the NLDS lead in Game 3 on Sunday night at Nationals Park. The Nats knotted the series up with a Game 2 win in L.A. and will try to take the series lead at home. Washington opted to start righty Anibal Sanchez instead of Max Scherzer in Game 3. All-Star lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu is on the mound for the Dodgers.
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. Scherzer started the NL Wild Card Game last Tuesday and threw an inning in relief in NLDS Game 2 on Friday. The team wanted to see how he felt during Saturday’s off day before announcing a Game 3 starter. Sunday morning, the Nationals confirmed Sanchez will take the mound, setting up Scherzer for a Game 4 start.
Washington’s bullpen has been a weakness all season. Not including Scherzer in Game 2 and Stephen Strasburg in the Wild Card Game, Nationals relievers have allowed five runs in four innings this postseason. Game 1 starter Patrick Corbin could also a bullpen option Sunday.
As for the Dodgers, they’re sending Cy Young candidate Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound in Game 3. He’ll be pitching on seven days rest. Oddly enough, Ryu had a 0.71 ERA on normal rest and a 2.93 ERA on extra rest during the regular season. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has not yet pitched in the NLDS and may see action in Game 3 regardless of score.