Dodgers @ Nationals Oct. 9, 2016: Game 2 (Seriously)

After yesterday’s rude rainout, the Dodgers and Nationals resume their National League Division Series this morning. The Dodgers took Game 1 on Friday by a score of 4-3.

Dodgers
Nationals
1:08 PM EST
D.C.
2B
Utley
CF 
Turner
SS
Seager
RF
Harper
3B
Turner
LF 
 Werth
1B
Gonzalez
2B
 Murphy
RF
Reddick
3B 
 Rendon
CF
Pederson
1B
 Zimmerman
C
Grandal SS  Espinosa
LF
Toles
C
Lobaton
P
Hill (L)
P
Roark (R)

In NLDS history, teams that have won Game 1 of a series have gone on to win the series 70 percent of the time, so that was obviously a big win.

The Dodgers are deploying the same lineup as Game 1 (save Rich Hill starting for Clayton Kershaw, obviously) against Nationals’ righty Tanner Roark. Just because Roark, 30, isn’t a household name doesn’t mean he isn’t a good pitcher.

Roark threw 210 innings for the Nats and posted a 2.83 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 20.1 K%, 8.5 BB%, .225 batting average against. Here’s a breakdown of his arsenal:

Pitch Avg. Velo Usage
4-Seam fastball 93.2 17.3
Sinker 92.8 45.0
Curveball 78.0 12.6
Slider 86.1 15.0
Changeup 84.5 9.8

Being primarily a sinkerballer, Roark had the 19th-best ground ball rate at 48.7 percent. It’s a solid number, but he isn’t Marcus Stroman (60.1 GB%) or Dallas Keuchel (56.7) on the bump. He can also get a little wild, as he walked 73 hitters and hit the third most batters (13) in baseball this season.

With Stephen Strasburg down, Roark is the defacto No. 2 starter for Washington. I thought they might go with Gio Gonzalez so he could pitch in front of the home crowd, but Dusty Baker opted for the better pitcher in Roark.

Roark faced the Dodgers back on June 21 and lasted 7 1/3 innings. He was doing well until that eighth inning when Yasmani Grandal touched him up for a 3-run home run that decided the game.

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I might dive into Kershaw’s start in a future post, but he definitely wasn’t himself. I’m just glad to hear it wasn’t anything injury-related at least.

With Game 2 being pushed back a day, there is zero chance the Dodgers throw Kershaw in Game 4 because Hill will not be available to go on short rest in Game 5.

For better or worse, this could be Julio Urias‘ proper introduction to all of baseball. Still, Ross Stripling will definitely be on call for that game just in case things don’t go according to plan.

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RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.