Wednesday brings us the three most glorious words in sports: winner takes all. We have two Game Five’s Wednesday as the St. Louis Cardinals travel to Atlanta looking to knockout the NL East champions in the divisional round. The nightcap will showcase the team favored to get the NL favorite to reach the World Series, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the NL Wild Card winners, Washington Nationals, to see who advances to play for the pennant.
Below are my picks for Wednesday’s NLDS Game Fives. All lines are from the PointsBet Sportsbook.
(Series tied 2-2): STL Cardinals (-108) @ Atlanta Braves (-108): O/U 8 runs scored (-114/-108)
The Atlanta Braves were six outs away Monday from clinching this divisional round series in St. Louis, but Yadier Molina had other ideas. The Cardinals catcher hit a game tying single to shallow right in the bottom of the 8th inning and then walked the game off with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to keep the Cardinals hopes for a World Series title alive.
St. Louis jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to back-to-back homers from Paul Goldschmidt and Marcel Ozuna, and held a 3-1 lead after four innings, but a three run top of the 5th inning saw the Braves inch closer to the series win. However, the Cardinals bullpen shut things down for the final 5.1 innings to allow for the comeback win and
Game Five Pitching Matchup: Jack Flaherty (3.86 ERA in 7.0 playoff innings) vs Mike Foltynewicz (0.00 ERA in 7.0 playoff innings)
Game Five Prediction: This has been a great series and one that many people expected to take this long to decide. I am a Jack Flaherty believer and think he wins this one for the Cards. Take St. Louis to advance to the NLCS.
(Series tied 2-2): Washington Nationals (+138) @ LA Dodgers (-160): O/U 7 runs scored (-116/-104)
Max Scherzer gave up a solo HR to Justin Turner in the top of the 1st inning and that was all the Dodgers were able to get off of the Nationals ace Monday night. Scherzer showed up when it mattered most for the Nats as the future Hall of Famer gave up just four hits in seven workhorse innings. The Nats tied the game up in the bottom of the 3rd, thanks to an Anthony Rendon sacrifice fly, but really opened up the game in the 5th inning when Ryan Zimmerman crushed a 3-run HR to centerfield to open a 5-1 lead for the Nats.
Game Five Pitching Matchup: Stephen Strasburg (1.50 ERA in 6.0 playoff innings) vs Walker Buehler (0.67 ERA in 6.0 playoff innings)
Game Five Prediction: This series has been up and down and is a bit of a surprise that it is going the distance. The Dodgers are the better all-around team and they find a way to get it done. Take the Dodgers to get a close win.
MLB Playoffs Record: 12-4