Los Angeles hasn't won a series since a winning two games of three-game set at home against the Miami Marlins on Aug. 24-26. Not only would a series win be a step in the right direction for a team which has been floundering of late, it'd keep the Dodgers' slim NL Wild Card hopes alive, as they currently trail the St. Louis Cardinals by two games for the second N.L. Wild Card spot.
The Dodgers will send left-hander Chris Capuano (11-10, 3.60) to the mound on Thursday. He's struggled in his last five starts, posting an 0-2 record and a 6.26 ERA, including giving up six runs on six hits in five innings in his last start on Aug. 22 in the Dodgers 11-9 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
The Nationals will counter with a lefty of their own, as Ross Detwiler (9-6, 3.16), takes the hill for the Nats. Detwiler is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his last five starts.
First pitch in Washington is slated for 4:05 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on Prime Ticket and The MLB Network.