san francisco giants vs los angeles dodgers predictions and preview

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MLB san francisco giants vs los angeles dodgers predictions and preview


 

 

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are on the brink of a huge disappointment as they have evened up the NLDS and are in a win-or-go-home situation. They will be sending southpaw Julio Urias to the mound and pitched in Game 2 of this NLDS and picked up the win as he went five innings and allowed a run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

The San Francisco Giants have been one of the greatest teams in recent memory and are one bad game away from heading home for the winter. They will have righty Logan Webb pitching here and is coming off a winning effort in Game 1 of the series as he picked up the win as he went 7.2 shutout innings and allowed five hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts.

Dodging Elimination

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been struggling a bit offensively as they are sixth in the postseason with a .676 OPS this year. Their incredible offense has been limited a bit as they are scoring 3.8 runs per game thus far. Los Angeles has been one of the better-hitting teams on the road this playoff as they have a team slashline of .229/.270/.357 away from Dodger Stadium. Right fielder Mookie Betts has been doing well as he is posting an .864 OPS with a home run and four RBI with a stolen base. If the Dodgers can figure out how to score a couple runs early, it will do wonders for their chances here.

 

Julio Urias has been pitching extremely well according to his Baseball Savant page as he is in the 94th percentile in average exit velocity, 94th percentile in hard hit percentage, 94th percentile in walk percentage, and 89th percentile in chase rate. His 5.3 barrel percentage was the highest of his career. Urias has a five-pitch arsenal (fastball, curveball, changeup, sinker, slider) and his fastball has been his most-hit pitch as it has a .277 batting average and a .484 slugging percentage. It will be interesting to see how long the Dodgers ride Urias in this game.

 

Giant Chance for the Offense

The San Francisco Giants have been arguably the worst offensive team in the postseason as they are ninth in the playoffs with a .524 OPS. They have been winning low-scoring games as they are averaging 2.25 runs per game in the NLDS. They have been doing a lot better at home in this series as they have a .640 OP while scoring three runs. Left fielder Kris Bryant has a 1.192 OPS with a homer and a pair of RBI. If the Giants can take an early lead, they can carry the momentum into the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves.

 

 

 

Logan Webb has been pitching very well this season according to his Baseball Savant page as he is in the 91st percentile in chase rate, 86th percentile in xSLG, 84th percentile in barrel percentage, and 84th percentile in xERA. His 88.1 MPH exit velocity is the lowest of his career. Webb also throws five different pitches (sinker, slider, changeup, fastball, cutter) and his slider has been his best pitch as it has a .156 batting average with a .231 slugging percentage. With regular rest coming into Game 5 of the series, it will be a fun watch to see if he can repeat his performance here.





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