Dodgers Season Depends on Offense Showing Up in Game 5 of the NLDS

“We do our best with our backs up against the wall”.

Chris Taylor said this after the Game 3 loss, and the Los Angeles Dodgers showed up in Game 4, beating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 to force a Game 5. Can that same team show up in San Francisco, or will the offense not show up at all like it didn’t in Games 1 & 3, where the Dodgers were blanked both games?

The Dodgers will face RHP Logan Webb for the second time this series. Webb went 7.2 innings, scattering five hits and striking out 10. The Dodgers flailed at a lot of pitches, and looked completely off their game all night long.

For their part, the Dodgers are countering with an opener in right hander Corey Knebel. Julio Urías will take the bulk of the innings after the first, presumably. Webb and Urias have faced off three times this season, and the Dodgers have lost all three of those contests.

Having the lefty Urías start later in the batting order and in the game could make Giants manager Gabe Kapler have to decide what pitching matchups he would like to start the game with, and could expand to which bats he chooses to use off the bench further into the game.

Kenebel has only pitched once so far in the series, a scoreless inning in Game 2 when the Dodgers had a commanding lead. He struck out two batters, both lefties. The usually-in-relief pitchers has been used as an opener four times previously this season.

Urías also entered Game 3 of the NLDS last season after the Dodgers used two starters. He came in which the bases loaded and two outs, to strike out Fernando Tatis Jr. Urías seems to be comfortable coming into any roll the Dodgers use him in, and the team expects this to be no exception.

One pitcher that won’t be pitching (in all likelihood) is Max Scherzer. Manager Dave Roberts said there is little to no chance that the Dodgers use Scherzer, as he would be the Game 1 starter should the Dodgers advance to the NLCS. But it seems that all other healthy arm could be in play to save the season.

Gavin Lux has finally worked his way into the starting lineup, starting in centerfield. Cody Bellinger is back in the starting lineup also, starting the game at first base.

At the end of this game, one team will have 110 wins and move on to face the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS, while the other will have 109 wins, and go home for the off-season.

For the Dodgers, their pitching has so far held up their end of the bargain. It has been the offense that has been hit or miss, pun intended. As long as the offense from Games 2 & 4 show up, the Dodgers should be moving on. They have seen all of the pitchers for the Giants now multiple times, and should know how to face them. All they have to do is execute.

Dodgers Force Deciding NLDS Game 5 in San Francisco

While there were certainly enough opportunities for the Dodgers to blow Game 4 wide open early, they did enough damage throughout the contest on Tuesday night to defeat the Giants 7-2 and force a deciding Game 5 in San Francisco on Thursday.

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Dodgers Play Second Elimination Game in a Week

The Los Angeles bats once again fell asleep, this time being shut out Monday in a 1-0 defeat to the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.

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News and Notes Ahead of NLDS Game 3

After splitting the first two games of the NLDS in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Dodgers now are set to play the first of two games at home against the Giants. And if they have it their way, they will win them both, not have to go back to San Francisco, and move on the NLCS.

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Los Angeles Offense Comes Alive in NLDS Game 2

The Dodgers flipped the script entirely in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday night, this time using patience at the plate and some timely hitting to cruise to a 9-2 victory over the Giants.

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After Sluggish NLDS Game 1, Dodgers Hope Offense Shows Up for Game 2

While the lack of offense from the Dodgers came as no surprise to some Los Angeles fans, there were others who hoped that the bats would get in gear for the beginning of the NLDS against the Giants.

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A Closer Look at the Dodgers vs. Giants NLDS

For the first time in history, these two historic rivals will meet in the postseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. They will meet in a best out of five affair in the National League Division Series.

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Dodgers Walk-Off Wild Card Win Sets Up NLDS Showdown with San Francisco Giants

With one swing of Chris Taylor’s bat, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 106 win season was saved.

In a stressful game that took all nine innings to determine the winner, in a glorious walk-off fashion, the Dodgers advanced to the NLDS to face their division rival San Francisco Giants.

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Taylor, Dodgers Walk Off in 2021 NL Wild Card Game

Seemingly benched because of his slumping bat, Chris Taylor as a late defensive replacement launched a home run to left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to walk the Dodgers off to a 3-1 victory in the 2021 National League Wild Card game.

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A Look Into The N.L. Wildcard Game

The regular season has now been wrapped up, and the new season begins. The playoffs that is!

The Dodgers finished with 106 wins and their reward for that? The St. Louis Cardinals, who are coming off a recent 17-game winning streak, in a Wild Card game.

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