NLDS Game 5 preview: Cubs vs. Nationals, Thursday 10/12, 7 p.m. CT

The winner tonight heads to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in the NLCS.

A few thoughts about the Cubs, the Nationals, and elimination games.

The Cubs have won the last four elimination games they have played: the 2015 wild-card game, and the three games they needed to win last year’s World Series after going down three games to one against the Indians.

Also, the Cubs have been in this precise position just once. That is, tied 2-2 in a division series and having to play Game 5 on the road. That was in 2003, when they won Game 5 in Atlanta. (Yes, I know they played and lost Game 5 of a postseason series, dropping the series, after a 2-2 tie, on the road in San Diego in 1984. That was the NLCS, not a division series.)

The Nats… not so much. The franchise has never won a playoff series in four tries, and on three of those four occasions it has gone to Game 5 in the first playoff round. They lost in the added postseason round in 1981, when Rick Monday’s home run defeated the Nationals’ predecessor franchise in Montreal; they lost in Game 5 of a …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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