Thursday, October 14, 2021

2021 NLDS Game 5: Oct 14 @ Giants

Urias vs. Webb, 6p.

One last game, and this one is for all the marbles.

The Dodgers have never had a lead in this short best-of-five NLDS. And with the Giants starting Logan Webb, who absolutely owned us in NLDS Game 1 (also @ home), a victory tonight certainly won't be easy. Webb had 10 Ks over 7.2 IP last week, and described that start as "the best game of his career--'so far'." Gulp.

The Dodgers start Julio Urias, the majors' only 20-game winner this year, on regular rest. Urias is 1-0 in the postseason, just like Webb.

The Dodgers have followed every offensive outburst game this postseason with resounding thuds, including shutouts in Games 1 and 3 of the NLDS. Game 4 was another big win, off the backs of a strong start on short rest from Walker Buehler; two-run home runs from Mookie Betts and Will Smith; and an offensive attack that started early and never let up. But the Dodgers' 12 hits still left a lot on the table, as we went 1-for-11 with RISP and left 11 on base. We are going to need better than that on Thursday.

Because this time, there's not one more game to bail out us falling short. The Dodgers and the Giants have each won 109 games this year. Only one will get to 110.

LET'S GO, DODGERS!!!

51 comments:

QuadSevens said...

Got an ESPN alert earlier saying that Corey Knebel is starting now. Are we going with an opener? Is this a bullpen game? Is Julio hurt? I don't like all this uncertainty.

Steve Sax said...

Either Doc Roberts is trying to get in Gabe Kapler's head,...

...or Kapler is already in our heads.

Steve Sax said...

The pundits are saying Knebel is an opener because it stops the Giants from stacking right-handed batters. But MLB Now seems to think the Dodgers are getting too cute here.

Steve Sax said...

ESPN pundits both pick the Giants to win.

QuadSevens said...

I don't trust the ESPN pundits. The opener idea sounds good in theory. I hope it works, and I hope the Dodgers can figure out how to hit Webb. Battle of the bullpens leans in our favor.

QuadSevens said...

"Trust" is the wrong word with the ESPN pundits. Their words don't decide the game. Let's just find a way to win!

Steve Sax said...

I was good all morning but now I'm getting nervous.

QuadSevens said...

I've had my Urias ATLAST shirt on all day. I'm nervous, but ready to get this game started.

karen said...

Here I go quoting Tim Neverett's book again but apparently Gabe Kapler has been guilty of getting cute (Sax 2:14). The one I remember mentioned was Kapler holding up a getaway game for a half hour claiming Doc did something untoward. The half hour delay made the Dodgers late having to reschedule their flight and arriving at there destination in the very wee hours of the morning.

karen said...

GAME 5

Mookie Betts RF
Corey Seager SS
Trea Turner 2B
Will Smith C
Justin Turner 3B
Gavin Lux CF
Cody Bellinger 1B
Chris Taylor LF
Corey Knebel RHP

karen said...

So is Julio coming in after Corey K or is it a bullpen game or what? I'm feeling a little jittery and uncomfortable but I am trusting in Doc and Andrew Friedman.

karen said...

Doc said he wasn't nervous until Vin tweeted that this is the biggest game of the Dodger, Giant rivalry.

karen said...

HERE WE GO.....

karen said...

Pubes doubles off the wall with 2 out in the first.

QuadSevens said...

Knebel cranking the drama up to 11, gets a big K to end the inning.

karen said...

Knebel K's Crawford to leave Pubes at second. 0-0 going to T2.

MR.F said...

I am scurred to keep too close an eye on this game.

karen said...

Mr F....Be brave!! we need your SoSG mojo!

QuadSevens said...

Only one hit for us through two is not encouraging.

karen said...

Ohhh I'm not liking this

Steve Sax said...

I’m petrified.

karen said...

Who is broadcasting the NLCS? I can pretty much take or leave Ron Darling but Brian Anderson? Hate him.

MR.F said...

@karen I will try!

karen said...

Julio's dealing.

QuadSevens said...

Can Mookie talk to the rest of the lineup and give them some tips?

QuadSevens said...

Mookie with another hit and a stolen base. Let’s go!

MR.F said...

Mookie seems to have no problem getting hits

QuadSevens said...

RBI double for Seager!!! About time!

karen said...

DODGERS LEAD 1-0

QuadSevens said...

Damn! No shutdown inning for Urias.

MR.F said...

Oyyyyy veyyyyy

karen said...

Ruf's homer woke up the morons.

karen said...

BOBBY THOMPSON CHEATED. Giants were stealing signs.

MR.F said...

Okay we have a runner

QuadSevens said...

Lux with a knock! Two on, one down. Belli up!

karen said...

CODY!!!

QuadSevens said...

Cody comes through! 2-1!

MR.F said...

Run scored!?!?!?!?!

QuadSevens said...

Scherzer coming in to close it out!

QuadSevens said...

One down!

QuadSevens said...

JT muffs a grounder! Crap!

MR.F said...

Gahhhhhh

QuadSevens said...

Big K! Two down!

MR.F said...

2 outs!

QuadSevens said...

WIN! NLCS BOUND!

MR.F said...

YESSSSS!!!!!

karen said...

WE WON THE BIG GAME.

SUCK ON THAT GNATS!!

karen said...

It's pretty quiet at BirdShit Park.

Ahhhh poor, poor moronic Evil Doer fans.

Steve Sax said...

I love you guys.

Sorry I was so stressed I couldn’t comment.

GO DODGERS!!!

karen said...

SAX...We are all still waiting for you to reveal your secret, superstitious behavior!!

On to the ATL!!

GO DODGERS!!

Steve Sax said...

PGT up. And yes, it's all about superstitions!