Cubs-Nationals Game 5 NLDS lineups: It's elimination game time in D.C.
For two of the best teams in baseball, it’s all come to this. One game. The winner moves on to face the 104-win
Los Angeles Dodgers
in the NLCS while the loser goes home for the offseason, left pondering how it lost at least one game in the series (one could make an argument Games 2 and 3 felt like the opposite team should’ve won).
, Game 5. 8:08 p.m. ET. It’s go time.
. Onto the lineups.
Visiting Cubs (2-2)
The surprise here is no
. It’s certainly justifiable, but Joe Maddon hasn’t shown much willingness to sit him in big games until this one, the biggest of the season. Zobrist is joined on the bench by powerful bats in
. The alignment seen in the starting lineup is probably the best possible defensive unit the Cubs can reasonably put together, so perhaps that’s the line of thinking. Expect Game 3 starter
to be available out of the bullpen, too.
Home Nationals (2-2)
are available out of the bullpen, so expect to see some drama and likely an early hook from Gonzalez, unless he’s really dialed in. As for the lineup, Dusty Baker starts the same eight position players as he has all series. This is the same lineup that he used in Game 4, so he’s going with the ol’ “stick with what works” mentality. It seems like
in left field would give them a better chance to win at this point, but Baker doesn’t like to change much. Kendrick will be a big bench bat along with