On Saturday night, Dusty Baker and the Washington Nationals celebrated their third National League East championship in the past five years, while they awaited for the Los Angeles Dodgers to clinch their fourth consecutive National League West Division title.
The first match-up for the NLDS is set; however, both teams are fighting for who gets home field advantage.
Trailing the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night in the sixth inning, things only got worse for the Nationals. On a routine throw from right field, catcher Wilson Ramos jumps for a late throw at home plate and injuries his right leg after landing awkwardly.
As he grimaced with pain at home plate, so did the rest of the Nationals organization. The All-Star catcher was holding his right knee, where he underwent both an ACL and MCL surgery in 2012. Ramos is now placed on the DL with a torn ACL and will need surgery says Dusty Baker.
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Ramos will join four other Nationals on the injury list:
–Bryce Harper (RF)– Left thumb soreness; day-to-day
–Daniel Murphy (2B)– Gluteal strain; shut down for regular season
–Stephen Strasburg (P)– Right forearm strain; out for rest of reason
–Aaron Barrett (P)– Recovering from Sept. 2015 Tommy John surgery; 60-day DL
The 29-year-old All-Star catcher had a batting average .307 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI in the 2016 season, all career-highs.
Now that the Nationals have the middle-of the-order bat out of their line-up, do they still have the same chance of beating the Dodgers in the NLDS? Well, the replacement for Ramos will be nothing close to his success in the majors.
Dusty Baker will most likely use Jose Lobaton.
Lobaton only has 104 plate appearances in the 2016 season and is hitting .220/.317/.363. He has not logged as many innings as Ramos but is a solid backup catcher.
Another option for the Nationals would be Pedro Severino, 23, who has appeared in 14 games in two seasons. Severino was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.
Dodgers fans can believe that this will help their chances of moving on the NLCS and possibly the World Series.