LOS ANGELES – Six months of racing in the regular season was not enough. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still trying to outflank the San Francisco Giants in October. And now, after 23 games this season between these long-standing and bitter rivals, the final call arrives at Game 5 on Thursday night.
In game four on Tuesday, when Walker Buehler worked on a short break for the first time in his career, the Dodgers quickly made it clear that their season would not end that night. In front of 52,935 roaring and excited fans at Dodger Stadium, they defeated the Giants 7-2.
Including the regular season and postseason, the Giants and Dodgers now have 109 wins each in 2021. San Francisco currently has a 12-11 lead over Los Angeles. But all it takes is another win for both teams to advance to the National League championship streak against Atlanta.
“This is what baseball wants,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after a grueling three-hour 38-minute game in which teams teamed up to use 14 pitchers and 25 positional players. “All other episodes are ready. We’re going to be the only show in town.
“If you have a pulse or are a sports fan, you better watch the Dodgers and Giants. It will be great. “
Roberts wasted no time naming left-hander Julio Urias (20-3, 2.96 ERA) as the Dodgers Game 5 starter even before Game 4 even started. Urias was the starting pitcher in Game 2 in San Francisco, holding the Giants to one run over five innings in the Dodgers win. Roberts said that at this point, Max Scherzer, who started Game 3 on Monday, will likely not be available in Game 5, but shyly remarked, “It is known that I changed my mind.”
Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who burned through all but one of the feeders available to him in Game 4, confirmed that rookie Logan Webb, brilliant in Game 1, will start Game 5. Kapler said that starter Kevin Gausman will be available to support Webb and “I I don’t think the use of Alex Wood would at some point be ruled out. “
With a strong serving in a winner-take-all game, this division streak does what it deserves.
The Giants were baseball’s best in 125 days this season and were the first team to win 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 wins. They can be eliminated after one playoff series.
The Dodgers have the best result in major events (+269), well ahead of the next-best team, the Giants, at +210 – but they have lost twice in four San Francisco games and are also on the brink of success. elimination.
“I feel like both our team and the Dodgers have been playing important games for some time now,” said Giant Catcher Buster Posey. “Obviously, this coming Thursday is the biggest one so far, and it should be fun.”
Dodgers get used to this strange thing. They lost three games to one to Atlanta at the NLCS last October before recouping, and Buhler played at a critical juncture in his career to save them from extinction on Tuesday. Roberts thought he was stronger on Tuesday than at the start of Game 1, and his quickest ball at the start of Game 4 was 96.3 mph, up from a 95.3 season average.
“I felt that if everything went wrong yesterday, I would feel very strange, if I didn’t play, we could lose the streak,” Buhler said, explaining why he volunteered for a short break.
On Tuesday, Buehler made sure everything went the Dodgers’ way to host one of the most important games in this rivalry in 133 seasons. And how often teams have played this year, there are no secrets.
“We know the rules of each other’s game,” Roberts said. “So now we’re just going to the old school, we’re going to run the ball to the right, and you have to stop us. This is Vince Lombardi. We will play. We know what we are doing, they know what we are doing. “