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.
Both teams have won over 105 games in the regular season, which sets an all-time record in the postseason. The Giants won the regular season series 10-9. However, the Dodgers outscored them in those games 70-68. Only one game separated these two teams in the standings.
What I’m trying to get to here, is that this has the potential of being one of the best postseason series of all time. There are many storylines here — the history between these two rivals and how close they were throughout the regular season, the first playoff meeting between them, and as well Farhan Zaidi against Andrew Freidman.
As you may know, Zaidi was the Dodgers general manager under Freidman until he left to become President of Baseball Operations for the Giants.
Playoff nerves for fans will be at an all-time high. I can not recall a playoff series of this magnitude so early in the postseason.
Personally, I believe whoever wins the 2021 World Series is coming out of the National League.
The Dodgers unfortunately in all likelihood will be without Max Muncy. The first baseman had enjoyed great success against the Giants, all year long even being dubbed the nickname “The Giant Killer.”
Pitching matchups for the first two games have been announced.
Game 1 will be Walker Buehler against Logan Webb, while Game 2 will be Julio Urias against Kevin Gausman.
Buehler has been nothing but stellar for the Dodgers throughout his postseason career. In 61 ⅓ innings, Buehler has posted a 2.35 ERA. Buehler did struggle a bit in September posting a 5.40 ERA in the month. However, in his last regular-season start against the Brewers, he only gave up one run in five innings. This season, Buehler started six games against the Giants, and the Giants were victorious in three of those.
His counterpart in Webb will make his first start postseason of his career. The righty went 11-3 with a 3.03 ERA in the regular season. For Webb’s last start against the Dodgers, you’d go back all the way to July 27, a game in which he went six innings allowing one run on three hits.
It is kind of a shame we are getting this playoff matchup early, as it is only a best out of five instead of seven.
These two teams are so seemingly evenly matched, that one simple mistake could determine the series. Technically, both teams have won 107 games at this point of the season. One thing for sure is that this series will be nerve-racking.
For one side, it will be the end of the road even though they had a great regular-season. Neither side will fold easily.
As far as my prediction goes, it will be very close throughout, but I’m going with the Dodgers in five games. Yes, I think the Dodgers will win an elimination game at Oracle Park.
The first pitch for Friday’s Game 1 will be at 6:37 p.m. Pacific. from San Francisco.
10 thoughts on “A Closer Look at the Dodgers vs. Giants NLDS”
“These two teams are so seemingly evenly matched, that one simple mistake could determine the series.”
You mean like a blown call on the final out of a game that actually determined the Division winner?
These teams, at full strength, do match up well, but I think at this time the advantage is ours.
Yes that’s a great point, the only thing that quite concerns me is the offense who has a high inability to produce runs for multiple innings.
The offense is the question. In close games, speed can be the deciding factor. Bellinger stealing 2nd so that all Taylor needed was a base hit to win the game.
Dodgers have Trea Turner, Betts, Bellinger, Taylor, and Lux that can all steal bases and go from 1st to 3rd. Hopefully that will win the series if the offense falters.
Webb is bound to have some butterflies at the beginning of the game since it will be his first post season start. We need to put some runs on the board in the first inning, before he settles down.
Lineup posted. Bellinger is hitting 7th and Pollock 8th. Otherwise same lineup 1-6. Betts, Seager, TT, JT Smith and Beaty.
Hero CT3 not starting. I’m Ok with this lineup but I’m guessing that if Pollock has another of his not-so-great playoff games tonight, we’ll see Taylor in left tomorrow.
Lux might get a start in left, but only here in LA. That SF outfield is nothing for a novice to have to fight in a playoff game.
I knew CT3 was not going to start. Pollock has a pretty bad track record in playoff games. But I am thinking the pro in him is going to kick in sometime and he will be fine. Lux in the outfield at San Fran would be a total surprise.
The Giants are playing WAY over their heads. 30-something guys with career-high OPS? It’s ridiculous and something has gotta give.
Yes, they’re playing over their heads and yes, something’s gotta give. Only question is will that happen before the end of the post season?
They play smart. And they’ve punished mistakes all year.
Another wide strike zone. If Webb can continue to hit, and get, that outside breaking ball the Dodgers will have a tough time getting to him.