Throughout the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves chasing the San Francisco Giants. The Giants were the first to win every major stage – 70, 80, 90, 100 – but the Dodgers were right behind them. San Francisco’s final 107-game winning streak beat the Dodgers by one, earning them the NL West title. But if you include the playoff wins before Thursday’s deciding fifth game, they each have 109, as Los Angeles won one in the wildcard game.
Regardless of how Game 5 unfolds, the first real playoff clash between these rivals since 1889 has lived up to expectations and is the only divisional series that has forced teams to go the distance.
What’s at stake?
The winner of tonight’s Division Series game will advance to the NLCS where he is expected to be widely favored against Atlanta. This potential launching pad for the World Series is excellent, but considering a three-game regular-season tie-breaker between these teams in 1951 – in a season in which the winning team was not keep winning the World Series – has been reverently spoken of ever since, you have to imagine that some serious bragging rights are at stake as well.
How can I watch?
The game is scheduled to begin at 9:07 am EST and will air on TBS. Services like Hulu Live and FuboTV will have the TBS stream available, and the game will be available to select cable subscribers through TBS.com. The New York Times will begin live analysis of the game shortly before the first pitch.
The stars have lined up for a formidable pitching clash, with Julio Urias on the mound for the Dodgers and Logan Webb heading to the Giants. Urias started Game 2 against San Francisco and allowed a run in five innings as the Dodgers won, 9-2. Webb, who has been a standout performer this year, made his playoff debut in Game 1 of that series and held the Dodgers scoreless for seven and two-thirds innings.
How are the hitters doing?
When you consider the pitching talent on both sides, offense can be hard to come by in games between these teams. In the four games played so far, the Dodgers ‘top hitter has been wide receiver Will Smith, who is 6 for 15 with two home runs and three RBIs. The Giants’ top hitter has been Kris Bryant, a mid pickup -season for the Chicago Cubs, which is 6 for 13 with a homerun.
The coldest hitters to date are Justin Turner of the Dodgers, who is 1 for 17 and Mike Yastrzemski of the Giants, who is 0 for 12.