First pitch of game 5 between Washington and Los Angeles is about 10 minutes from getting underway. I’ve been putting a lot of thought into which of these 2 teams is better suited to get their ass kicked by the Cubs in the NLCS, but – as the kids say- it’s like, really hard.
- Both teams have shutdown aces, who can make at least 1, if not 2, games total hell for the Cubs. Those men are, of course, LA’s Clayton Kershaw, and Washington’s Max Scherzer. Not gonna waste your time with the rundown on these 2. They’re good, get it?
- Neither lineup compares to Chicago’s (on paper). Call me a homer, but this Cubs lineup is extraordinary, and that makes it difficult to do an honest tale of the tape. That being said, while these squads may not have the depth that the Cubs boast, the middle part of both batting orders are very dangerous. For the Nats, its Harper, Werth, Murphy, Rendon; For the Dodgers, its Seager, Turner, Gonzalez, Reddick, Pederson. Slight edge to Washington here, but not by as much as you think.
- Managers. As much as I love Dusty Baker, I often have doubts about his strategy. Dave Roberts, on the other hand, I don’t like as much, but I think he’s got his head screwed on straight. That being said, I can’t even begin to form an opinion as to whom we’d rather face based on this, and that’s why its on my list.
Okay, so what have we learned here? Well, for one, I really don’t have a solid opinion on who we’d rather face. So that means we can only go with one thing: the gut. Mine tells me Washington is more dangerous. Harper’s a stud, Murphy slaughtered us last year in a Mets uniform, and Jayson Werth is perhaps the most infuriating person on the planet. So, bring on LA, I guess.
PS — None of this means anything because we’re going to curb-stomp whichever team advances.
PPS — If I’m wrong about that, it still doesn’t matter because we’re all going to die one day anyway.
PPPS — The game has now started. I take too long to write.