On Fan Psychology, Management, Relief Pitching and Slumps

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Nearly a full day after contemplation, so many thoughts and insights still exist over the Dodgers‘ loss to the Nationals that there’s plenty of varied perception, at least on my own end.

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Preview: Dodgers, Nationals Meet in Decisive Game 5

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From a Dodgers perspective, not many people envisioned the 2019 NLDS lasting the full five games. Fans were certainly hoping Los Angeles would wrap up the series in Washington with a bit of leeway, rather than force a Game 5 where absolutely anything can happen.

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More Thoughts Ahead of Wednesday’s Game 5 Decider

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The 2019 Dodgers, the team that broke the all-time franchise record for most wins during a regular season, find themselves in a do-or-die situation as they prepare for the Game 5 NLDS decider against the Nationals on Wednesday.

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Nationals Handle Dodgers in Game 4, Force Game 5 in Los Angeles

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To say that Washington came through in a mandatory, must-win Game 4 would be an understatement.

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Preview: Rich Hill, Max Scherzer Square Off in NLDS Game 4

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One day after the Dodgers used a late-inning, nine-run explosion to defeat the Nationals in Game 3, they find themselves in a position to clinch the series in Game 4 on Monday.

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Preview: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers Face Anibal Sanchez in NLDS Game 3

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As the 2019 NLDS shifted gears to the nation’s capital, the biggest question mark was which pitcher the Nationals would start against the Dodgers in Game 3.

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Strasburg, Nationals Hold Off Dodgers in NLDS Game 2

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Heading to Washington with a two-game lead would have been a major advantage for the Dodgers. Arriving home having split both games in Los Angeles would have been an apparent edge for the Nationals. Either way, Friday night’s NLDS Game 2 was a huge contest for both sides.

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Dodgers Give Ball to Clayton Kershaw in NLDS Game 2

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One day after defeating the Nationals in the 2019 NLDS opener, the Dodgers will send veteran Clayton Kershaw to the hill with hopes of arriving in Washington this weekend with a 2-0 series lead.

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Walker Buehler Gets Starting Nod vs. Nationals in NLDS Game 1

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While manager Dave Roberts did not reveal the Dodgers‘ complete plan of attack against the Nationals in the upcoming NLDS, he did state that the team will be handing the ball to 25-year-old Walker Buehler in the opener on Thursday.

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5 Keys to a Successful Postseason

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Seven straight National League West titles and two NL pennants. Those credentials alone are enough to show how much the Dodgers have dominated the senior circuit over the last seven seasons.

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