All season lengthy, the Los Angeles Dodgers discovered themselves chasing the San Francisco Giants. The Giants have been the primary to each main wins milestone — 70, 80, 90, 100 — however the Dodgers have been proper behind them. San Francisco’s eventual complete of 107 wins bested the Dodgers by one, incomes them the N.L. West title. But if you happen to embody postseason wins going into Thursday’s decisive Game 5, they every have 109, since Los Angeles picked one up within the wild-card sport.
Regardless of how Game 5 performs out, the primary true postseason matchup between these rivals since 1889 has lived as much as expectations, and is the one division sequence that will have required the groups to go the space.
What’s at stake?
The winner of tonight’s division sequence sport will advance to the N.L.C.S. where they need to be closely favored in opposition to Atlanta. That potential launching pad to the World Series is nice, however when you take into account that a three-game regular season tiebreaker between these groups again in 1951 — in a season in which the profitable crew did not go on to win the World Series — has been talked about in reverent tones ever since, you’d have to think about some critical bragging rights are additionally on the road.
How can I watch?
The sport is scheduled to start at 9:07 Eastern and will be broadcast on TBS. Services like Hulu Live and FuboTV will have the TBS stream out there, and the sport will be out there for sure cable subscribers via TBS.com. The New York Times will start reside evaluation of the sport shortly earlier than the primary pitch.
Who is pitching?
The stars aligned for a terrific pitching matchup, with Julio Urias on the mound for the Dodgers and Logan Webb beginning for the Giants. Urias began Game 2 in opposition to San Francisco and allowed one run in 5 innings because the Dodgers received, 9-2. Webb, who was a breakout performer this yr, made his postseason debut in Game 1 of this sequence and held the Dodgers scoreless for seven and two-thirds innings.
How are the hitters doing?
When you take into account the pitching expertise on either side, offense could be onerous to come back by in video games between these groups. In the 4 video games performed to this point, the Dodgers’ greatest hitter has been catcher Will Smith, who’s 6 for 15 with two residence runs and three R.B.I. The Giants’ top hitter has been Kris Bryant, a midseason pickup from the Chicago Cubs, who’s 6 for 13 with one homer.
The coldest hitters to this point are Justin Turner of the Dodgers, who’s 1 for 17 and Mike Yastrzemski of the Giants, who’s 0 for 12.