START: Dodgers, Giants gear up to decide NLDS 5 game

After a season racking up huge winning totals, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have a day to prepare for their all-or-nothing clash in Game 5 of the NL Division Series.

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After a season racking up huge winning totals, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have a day to prepare for their all-or-nothing clash in Game 5 of the NL Division Series.

World Series champions Mookie Betts and the Dodgers face Buster Posey and their Giants rivals on Thursday night in San Francisco for a spot in the NL Championship Series. Each team has already won 109 games this year.

The Dodgers wild-card pushed the best of five playoffs to the limit with a 7-2 victory Tuesday night in LA. San Francisco is 12-11 against the Dodgers this year and gained home court advantage by winning NL West in a game against Los Angeles and finishing with the majors best record.

“That’s what baseball wants. All the other series are over and we’re going to be the only show in town. If you’re a sports fan and have the pulse, you better watch Giants-Dodgers,” said Dave, director of Los Angeles. said Roberts.

Logan Webb, who threw a gem by winning Game 1, starts for San Francisco against Julio Urías, who led the majors with 20 wins.


White Sox manager Tony La Russa is waiting to see if Chicago wants him back after the club were knocked out by the Astros in their AL Division series which ended Tuesday night.

The 77-year-old Hall of Fame was lured out of retirement to help the Star-studded White Sox make a playoff run. Instead, they never got the pitcher and only occasionally got the shot that took them to their Premier League championship in 13 years.

There were big questions about how the old-school three-time World Series champion would relate to fun-loving young Chicago stars like Tim Anderson after a decade away from the dugout.

It wasn’t really smooth sailing. And it’s unclear if La Russa will return next season.

“I’m not going to talk about myself,” he said on Tuesday. “The process I used once I got a little bit of security – probably around fifth or sixth year – is’ are they going to get you back? I’m just leaving if they don’t want you to come back. They say yes and then you ask the players. They have to choose who they want to manage. If you get both, then you check it out yourself. “

Game 4 starter Carlos Rodón called La Russa a “very special manager”.

“It was just a pleasure to play for him. Few guys can say they played for a Hall of Fame manager, ”he said.


The Atlanta Braves have departed for the NL Championship Series, but will be without hitting outfielder Jorge Soler for at least several days after testing positive for COVID-19. He was substituted on the roster for Tuesday’s victory over Milwaukee in Game 4 of the NL Division by rookie Cristian Pache.

Soler hit .091 with no homerun or RBI in the first three games against Milwaukee. He hit a .223 combined with 27 homers and 70 RBIs with Kansas City and Atlanta during the regular season.


The Astros are hoping for a quick recovery for fallen cross Jake Meyers after exiting Game 4 of the AL Division Series against the White Sox after crashing into the wall in pursuit of a home run.

The Astros said Meyers came out with a left shoulder discomfort after injuring himself in the second inning on Tuesday when he attempted to make a bounding hold on Gavin Sheets solo practice. Meyers was examined for several minutes, made a few throws and spoke with manager Dusty Baker before leaving the field. He was replaced by Chas McCormick.

The 25-year-old rookie reached .260 with six home runs and a .761 OPS.

After scoring a resounding victory over the White Sox, Houston will open the AL Championship Series by hosting the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.


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