Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 9/18/12

After not being able to cash in on the rubber game with the Cardinals over the weekend, the Dodgers face a three game series with the NL East leading Nationals. After a day off Monday to travel, will the Dodgers be able to keep winning to put pressure on the Cardinals. There are only a few more weeks of MLB picks, and the Dodgers sit a game back of the Cardinals for the second wildcard spot.

 

The Dodgers have 15 games left, and nine of them are on the road. LA will play behind Aaron Harang in the first game, and they will be facing the young Jordan Zimmermann. Harang is even at 9-9 this season, with a solid 3.79 ERA. Zimmermann has been up and down this season, but he is still above .500, and his ERA is just 3.01.

 

The troubles begin with the second game, as the Dodgers will pitch Josh Beckett, and John Lannan will counter him. Neither of these two have started for their respective clubs for very long. Lannan is 3-0 in his three starts, with a 2.41 ERA. In three starts, Beckett has actually been solid, but the offense has scored approximately five runs in those four starts. In two of his four starts for LA, Beckett has given up only one run in a game twice.

 

The rubber game will have Chris Capuano on the hill for Los Angles, and opposing him will be Ross Detwiler for the Nationals. Capuano has been the Dodgers second best pitcher this season, but that isn’t saying a whole lot. Both pitchers in the finale will give up runs.

 

The offense might be the deciding factor in all three of these games. The added firepower has to start coming through, or the Dodgers could be in trouble. In their final 15 games, they face all three of the NL division leaders.

 

 

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