Tuesday night’s National League Wild Card Game was a good reminder of just how much chance decides playoff games, and how much a single bounce can be amplified under the microscope of a single-game elimination. For once, that bounce just happened to go the Washington Nationals’ way.
By merit of beating the Milwaukee Brewers, the Nats advance to the National League Division Series energized, but very much the underdog in the series, despite their selection by many as a trendy upset pick.
The series begins Thursday night in Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ staff very much on turn and fresh and the Nats forced to reset after using both Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg for extended work Tuesday night. Before we get to that matchup, though, let’s take a moment to look back at the moment that turned Washington’s postseason fortunes.
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