WASHINGTON — Facing elimination, the Los Angeles Dodgers are turning to their ace.
The news emerged around noon on Tuesday that star lefty Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers’ starting pitcher in Game 4, which came as little surprise.
Around the same time, the Nationals announced Joe Ross would take the mound against Kershaw.
This leaves Nationals ace Max Scherzer available for Game 5, which would be on Thursday if necessary, with plenty of rest.
Steve Phillips, the former New York Mets general manager and current MLB analyst, joined Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan shortly before the pitching announcements were made, and he made a compelling argument for starting Scherzer in Game 4.
In his eyes, there would be nothing worse for the Nationals than losing Game 4, and in the process, having to burn through a wealth of pitching before Game 5. Lo and behold, his advice was not taken to heart by the Nationals, who are putting a great deal of pressure on 23-year-old Ross.
Grant and Danny later took calls from Nationals fans asking whether manager Dusty Baker was right to start Ross over Scherzer, and the callers generally thought Ross was the right move.