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National League Division Series Game 4: Nationals vs. Dodgers, Tuesday 10/11, 4 p.m. CT

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The Nats look to close out the Dodgers and move on to the NLCS.

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The franchise known as the Nationals, formerly the Montreal Expos, has won one postseason series in its history, which began in 1969.

That’s a “division series” against the Phillies in 1981, and I put “division series” in quotes because that was only a retroactive title, created to describe the first round of the playoffs that year after they were created due to the strike season.

The Nats have not won a postseason series since they moved to Washington in 2005, so this’d be a first.

Probable pitchers: Joe Ross (Nationals) vs. Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers).

Kershaw is going on three days’ rest. I understand this in an elimination game, but Kershaw has never done that as a big-league starter, not once. It’s a risk, but I suppose the Dodgers have to take it or possibly go home for the winter.

Today’s game is on FS1 at 4 p.m. CT. Announcers: Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds and J.P. Morosi.

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