Despite calls from its board chairman and from Max Scherzer to stay open later for the MLB playoffs, Metro has stood firm in its stance that it will continue to stop daily operation at midnight. Because of that persistence, and unless something changes, Nationals and Dodgers fans heading to Nats Park for Game 5 will be left in a tight spot.
The decisive matchup in the NLDS will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday night, making it the first time this issue has really come into play (Games 1 and 2 started in the early evening and afternoon, respectively, and Games 3 and 4 were in Los Angeles). That late start means there's a very good chance those in attendance will have to choose between staying for the conclusion or leaving early to catch a train home.
According to Baseball Reference, Game 1 was 3 hours and 46 minutes, Game 2 ran for 3 hours and 55 minutes, Game 3 slogged on 4 hours and 12 minutes, and Game 4 lasted a breezy 3 hours and 44 minutes. Overall, that equates to an average length of 3 hours and 54 minutes.
Therefore, barring a dramatic change in the way the series has played out so far, this potential issue will become a real one late Thursday. So don't be surprised if the stadium starts emptying out in the later innings, even if the Nats and Dodgers are in the middle of a close one.
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HOUSTON -- Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer, Howie Kendrick had a two-run triple and the Washington Nationals beat Houston for the ninth straight time, 4-3 Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.
Washington's winning streak over the Astros dates to 2012. The Nationals have won 13 of 14 against Houston since 2011.
Kendrick's triple tied it in the third before the Astros went back on top with an RBI single by Josh Reddick in the bottom half. Anthony Rendon doubled with two outs in the fourth before the homer by Wieters, which landed just to the right of straightaway center field, gave the NL East leaders a 4-3 lead.
Tanner Roark (10-8) allowed six hits and two earned runs in 5 2-3 innings and Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save.
Charlie Morton (10-6) gave up four runs in six innings for the AL West-leading Astros.
The Astros threatened in the eighth against Brandon Kintzler when Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel hit consecutive singles and the Nationals intentionally walked Carlos Beltran with one out to load the bases. But Max Stassi grounded into a double play to leave Houston trailing.
George Springer led off the Houston first with a single, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Reddick.
Beltran doubled off the wall in left-center field in the second and scored on a single by Derek Fisher.
When Max Scherzer was a teenager, he didn't know that one day he'd actually become a two-time Cy Young Award winner. He had no guarantee he'd make it to the majors, much less play in five consecutive MLB All-Star games.
All he knew was that he had the option to go pro as a kid or go to college, and back then, the Nationals' ace needed a contingency plan in case baseball didn't work out. Fortunately for Scherzer, it did, but he doesn't regret going to college at the University of Missouri, telling Santana Moss on CSN's "Route 89" going to school was a no-brainer.
"It was actually a really easy decision," Scherzer told Moss. "When you get drafted out of high school, you're going to be going into the minor leagues, and that can take three to five or six years — multiple years — in the minor leagues, and you're forfeiting your right to further your education."
Scherzer was drafted in the 43rd round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003, but he opted to play for Mizzou for three years, which turned out to be a great decision. The Arizona Diamondbacks then drafted him in 2006 in the first round as the 11th overall pick.
"A lot of times when you sign out of high school, you don't make it to the major leagues," Scherzer continued. "So I realize that your education — that's your safety net.
"You need to further your education in college, and if you do get drafted out of college, you're in a much better position to try to chase your dreams because if it doesn't work out, you still have one year left of school and that's much easier to obtain rather than try to go through four years when you're not coming out of high school."
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