Throughout the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves chasing the San Francisco Giants. The Giants were the first to hit every major win milestone – 70, 80, 90, 100 – but the Dodgers were right behind them. San Francisco’s total of 107 wins bested the Dodgers one-on-one, earning them the NL West title. But if you include the postseason wins that go into Thursday’s deciding Game 5, they each have 109, as Los Angeles picked one in the wild-card game.
Regardless of how Game 5 played out, the first true postseason matchup between these rivals since 1889 has lived up to expectations, and is the only division series that will require teams to cover the distance.
what’s at stake?
The winner of tonight’s Division Series game will advance to the NLCS where they should be heavily backed against Atlanta. The potential launching pad for the World Series is great, but when you consider a three-game regular season tiebreaker between these teams in 1951 – in a season in which the winning team did No Go on to win the World Series – since then in reverent vocals, you have to imagine, some serious bragging rights are also on the line.
how can i watch?
The game is scheduled to begin at 9:07 AM and will be broadcast on TBS. The TBS stream will be available on services like Hulu Live and FuboTV, and the game will be available through TBS.com to some cable subscribers. The New York Times will begin a live analysis of the game shortly before the first pitch.
The stars aligned for a spectacular pitching matchup, with Julio Urius on the mound for the Dodgers and Logan Webb starting on the Giants. The Ureas started Game 2 against San Francisco and allowed one run in five innings as the Dodgers won 9–2. Webb, who was a breakout performer this year, made his debut in Game 1 of the series and kept the Dodgers scoreless for seven and two-thirds innings.
How’s the hitter doing?
When you consider the pitching talent of both sides, it can be difficult to score offense in a game between these teams. In the four games played so far, the Dodgers’ best hitter has been catcher Will Smith, 6 for 15 with two home runs, and three RBIs The Giants’ top hitter Chris Bryant, a midseason pickup from the Chicago Cubs , who is 6 for 13 with a homer.
The coldest hitter ever is Justin Turner of the Dodgers, who is 1 for 17, and Mike Yastrzemsky of the Giants, who is 0 for 12.