All four League Division Series are well underway now in the 2014 MLB Playoffs, and as usual, there are plenty of surprises.
The National League Division Series feature some of the wealthiest teams in the league. Will the results justify the expense?
When the Washington Nationals headed into the playoffs with the NL’s best record two years ago, they did so without Stephen Strasburg after he was shut down due to an innings limit.
Stephen Strasburg pitched seven strong innings to help lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday, completing a four-game sweep.
Stephen Strasburg was left watching from the dugout two years ago when the Washington Nationals made their most recent trip to the playoffs.
Wednesday’s series finale between the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals will feature a display of perseverance on the pitching mound.
Henderson Alvarez outdueled Stephen Strasburg and the surging Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.
If Stephen Strasburg is to avoid losing a third straight start, he likely can’t afford another rough outing in Miami.
Jeff Baker hit a two-out RBI single to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning by the Miami Marlins, who extended their winning streak to five games by beating the Washington Nationals 7-6.
While the frustration has subsided for the Miami Marlins, it could mount for the Washington Nationals if they continue to struggle against Jose Fernandez.