3 Bold Predictions for NLCS Game 4 Between Nationals and Cardinals

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 09: Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals high fives teammates in the dugout during Game Five of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on October 9, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves - Game Five | Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

There could be a big party Tuesday night in Washington D.C. if the Washington Nationals win Game 4 and sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, advancing to their first-ever World Series. However, as many of you know, that final game to close out a series is usually the toughest. Expect the Redbirds to come into this game with plenty of fight, which could lead to another game being played in this series.

With battling in mind, here are three bold predictions for Game 4 of the NLCS.

3. Patrick Corbin Gets Rocked

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 12: Patrick Corbin #46 of the Washington Nationals on the mound in the ninth inning of game two of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 12, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two | Scott Kane/Getty Images

Patrick Corbin is nasty and has the kind of overpowering stuff to silence any lineup, but his postseason this year, both as a starter and out of the pen, hasn't been great, as he owns an 0-2 record with a 7.56 ERA over 8.1 innings this October. Not getting the start on standard rest is going to be a problem for him, so expect the Cardinals lineup to wake up.

2. Matt Carpenter Comes Through With Big Swing

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Washington Nationals in game three of the National League Championship Series at Nationals Park on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Three | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

After looking like an MVP last year, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has been far from it in 2019, especially in October. Carpenter is just 1-for-12 this postseason, leading to his benching in Game 3. He likely won't start with a lefty on the mound, but Carpenter will be the one we are talking about when Game 4 is over.

1. Cardinals Force a Game 5

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 07:   Dakota Hudson #43 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers the pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning in game four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 07, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - Atlanta Braves v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

It's not very often that you see a team get dominated in the postseason like the St. Louis Cardinals have been in this NLCS. They don't even look worthy of playing October baseball, but that'll change in Game 4. The Redbirds can't play any worse, so expect them to come out without any pressure, which should lead to better play on the field. Don't get me wrong, they aren't going to win this series, but for one night only, they'll feel good about themselves.