It took 14 years and plenty of heartbreak, but the Washington Nationals have finally won a playoff series. Dave Martinez's scrappy squad has advanced to the NLCS after downing the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers in extra innings on Wednesday night. Washington's odds of winning the World Series have now improved from +800 a day ago to +350 today.
Two decisive Game 5s await in the two National League Division Series, as the Braves host the Cardinals and the Nationals travel to the West Coast to face the Dodgers.
Could all-or-nothing elimination games be coming, or can the Braves and Dodgers close out the NLDS Monday and advance to the NLCS?
While the American League is just getting started in its Division Series on Friday, the National League has a pair of pivotal Game 2 matchups. Can the Braves and Nationals bounce back, or will the Cardinals and Dodgers take a commanding 2-0 lead?
The Nationals prevailed over the Brewers in Tuesday night's Wild Card Game, which sets up a showdown with the Dodgers. Here's what bettors need to know going into this best-of-five National League Division Series, which begins Thursday.
The St. Louis Cardinals will make their first trip to the postseason since 2015, and they'll be underdogs against the Atlanta Braves, the National League East champions for the second straight year, in a best-of-five National League Division Series that begins Thursday, October 3.