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
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
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
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.