2021 MLB playoffs – Keys to NLDS Game 5 between San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers


Including the postseason, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have each won 109 games. Tonight, only the 110th win matters.

The National League Division Series between the NL West champion Giants and the defending World Series champion Dodgers comes down to a deciding Game 5 at San Francisco’s Oracle Park.

Ahead of the grand finale, ESPN baseball experts Alden Gonzalez and Tim Keown tackle some of the key questions about the series so far — and what it might mean for the clincher.

Has this NLDS lived up to the hype — and will tonight’s finale surpass it?

Gonzalez: It’s pretty incredible that we’re four games into this series and have yet to experience a single lead change. But that doesn’t take away from how tense these games have felt. Big, series-altering moments have been sprinkled throughout, but they have been subtle. Like Logan Webb recording an out on a slow roller up the first-base line in the eighth inning of Game 1, atoning for an error he made on almost the exact same play four innings earlier. Or Cody Bellinger ambushing Dominic Leone’s first-pitch fastball in the sixth inning of Game 2, breaking out of mystifying struggles in dramatic fashion. Or Steven Duggar, in the lineup for his defense, running down a deep drive by Chris Taylor through hellish winds in the sixth inning of Game 3. Or Walker Buehler, starting on short rest for the first time in his career, pitching around back-to-back singles in the second inning of Game 4, setting an important tone for a performance that saved the Dodgers’ season. Expect more of these.

Keown: Game 5 creates its own hype, so whatever has happened to this point — and it has been a good but not great series, in my opinion — will be…

Source : espn

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