The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals will cap off what has been the most competitive division series round in league history. The two clubs will finish the NLDS at Nationals Park on Friday night at 8:37 p.m. ET.
The 2012 MLB Playoffs mark the first time that all four division series have been decided in Game Five.
Jason Werth was the hero for Washington on Thursday. His game-winning home run in the ninth inning helped extend the series one more day. It was his first extra-base hit of the series.
Both pitchers that started in Game One will be back on the mound for the rubber match. Adam Wainwright outpitched Gio Gonzalez, in what turned out to be a no-decision for both pitchers. Wainwright left the game with a 2-1 lead, but the Cardinals bullpen couldn’t hold onto the lead.
Gonzalez only went five innings in his first ever postseason start. The lefty thinks he’ll have more success in front of his hometown fans.
"It was my first postseason game, no excuses, but the way I see it is playing in someone else's house, pretty rowdy," said Gonzalez. "It's pretty exciting. You catch yourself at the moment, take a step back and take a deep breath and try to find it again."
With both teams sending out quality pitchers, the edge goes to the home team. The consensus betting line, at most Las Vegas sportsbooks, has the Nationals at -131 favorites to advance.
TBS will have the game, but you can also watch a live stream online at mlb.com. It costs $4.99, and would allow you to also watch every ALCS game online, as well.
The winner of the contest will go on to play the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. Game One of that series is set for Sunday. If St. Louis wins, it’ll be a matchup of the last two World Series champions.
Prediction: St. Louis 3, Washington 2