The San Francisco Giants have been the best team in baseball as they finished the regular season with a 107-55 record. They will be sending southpaw Alex Wood to the mound to pitch in this crucial game as he last pitched on September 29 and did not factor into the decision against the Arizona Diamondbacks where he went six shutout innings allowing just three hits with six strikeouts.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been a great team as well as they were forced to play a one-game Wild Card against the St Louis Cardinals despite finishing the regular season with a 106-56 record. They will be sending veteran righty Max Scherzer to pitch here as he last pitched in the NL Wild Card game as he did not factor in the decision. He went 4.1 innings and allowed a run on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Need a Giant Step Forward Offensively
The San Francisco Giants have been a middle-of-the-road offensive team in the postseason as their .640 OPS is good for fifth in baseball. They have been struggling to draw walks as they are ninth out of 10 teams with just three walks. San Francisco has been hitting decently well as they are also fifth with a .213 batting average as a team in their first two postseason games. Catcher Buster Posey has been doing very well at the plate as he is 4-of-8 with a home run and two RBI. If he can continue to lead the charge, it will be hard to fall behind in a pivotal game.
Alex Wood pitched well this season according to his Baseball Savant page as he is in the 86th percentile in barrel percentage, 73rd percentile in walk percentage, 70th percentile in chase rate, and 65th percentile in strikeout percentage. His 89.7 MPH exit velocity is the highest of his career. Wood throws three different pitches (sinker, slider, changeup) and his changeup has been hit the most as it has a .308 batting average with a .419 slugging percentage. He faced the Dodgers three times in the regular season and went 0-2 in 17 innings and allowed nine runs on 20 hits with three walks (one intentional) and 22 strikeouts.
Dodging an Elimination Game?
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been doing decently well at the plate in the playoffs as they are fourth with a .661 OPS. They are scoring runs at a decent clip as they are averaging four runs per game. They need to get some power swings to connect as they are currently fifth in the playoffs with a .376 slugging percentage and they should be closer to the top with the caliber of hitters in their lineup. Catcher Will Smith has been leading the charge for the Dodgers this postseason as he is 3-for-11 with a solo homer. If the Dodgers can hit as well as they did in the regular season, it will really help out their chances to win here at home..
- Los Angeles: 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite
- Los Angeles: 5-1 in their last 6 home playoff games
- San Francisco: 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog