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Dodgers Dave Roberts Adjust Lineup for Game 5 of the 2019 NLDS vs. the Nationals

In do or die game, Roberts changes up.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 16: Center fielder A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers can't make a catch on a ball hit by Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies for an RBI single in the ninth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 16, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers 9-8. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

With NLDS Game 5 just a few hours away, the Dodgers are faced with a tall task to take down Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals in a winner take all elimination game.

Strasburg dominated the Dodgers in Game 2 and now we see the Dodgers have made adjustments for take two against the Nats ace.

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Compared to Game 2.

The main adjustment here is that the struggling AJ Pollock sits for his second straight game. Moreover, rookie second baseman will be on the bench in the decisive game. Kiké Hernandez starts in left field and Matt Beaty will be at first base, at least at the outset of the game. Max Muncy slides over to 2B where he was worth 5 defensive runs saved in 520.1 innings this season.

Before the game, manager Dave Roberts addressed the media on the lineup changes.

“Having Beaty in there. I love his at-bat quality. Obviously be tested with the changeup. Have Freeser off the bench when Doolittle or Corbin comes in the game.

We have Kiké in there against the right hander that’s more curveball fastball — some change in there. Love Kiké’s defense where Walker’s more fly ball than ground ball.”

First pitch is at 5:37pm PDT at Dodger Stadium.

Written by Staff Writer

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  1. Still not good enough I want Freese getting 4 or 5 at bats and Smith will go 0-4. Martin would atleast put up better at bats

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