These series had go five games.
Two fierce rivals meet for the first time in the playoffs. The Giants led baseball with 107 wins, the Dodgers were second with 106. Oh, and the Dodgers are the defending World Series champions.
Yes, five games is EXACTLY what baseball fans needed from this potentially epic National League Division series.
Here is the information you need to know before placing your bets for Game 5, with all odds courtesy of SI Sportsbook.
DODGERS AMONG THE GIANTS
Dodgers starting pitcher: LHP Julio Urías (20-3, 2.96 ERA in regular season; 1-0, 1.80 ERA in playoffs)
Launcher starting from the giants: RHP Logan Webb (11-3, 3.03 regular season ERA; 1-0, 0.00 playoff ERA)
Site: Oracle Park
Time: 9:07 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Dodge (-110); Giants (-110)
Race line: Dodgers -1.5 (+165); Giants +1.5 (-200)
Dodgers run line record: 85-82
Giants Race Line Record: 100-66
Above / Below: 7 (O +100; U -118)
Dodgers above / below: 73-84-10
Giants plus / minus: 76-85-5
Game 5 features a fantastic pitching showdown between two young beginners who have already produced some fantastic outings in this series.
Giants right-hander Logan Webb led the Dodgers in Game 1, striking out 10 batters in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed just five hits while beating Walker Buehler.
Webb had a career 5.36 ERA heading into this season, but had a fantastic breakout campaign. Ending the Dodgers’ repeat hopes would be the icing on the cake.
The right-hander has also performed well against the Dodgers in the regular season, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts. He’s limited Los Angeles to two points or less in each of his four starts (including the postseason), while going on at least five innings on each start.
The Dodgers counter with 20-game winner and Game 2-winning pitcher Julio Urías. The southpaw limited the Giants to one point on three hits in five innings in Game 2, and went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts against San Francisco in the regular season.
Urías has enjoyed solid success against the Giants in his career, posting a 2.61 ERA in 20 appearances (14 starts). He’s kept San Francisco on a .267 / .286 / .397 slash line this year, although Buster Posey, Wilmer Flores, Austin Slater and Donovan Solano hit him well.
The Dodgers outscored the Giants in the series, 16-9, although they were shut out in Games 1 and 3. This odd-numbered trend could be bad for Dodgers fans heading into Game 5, although the Giants be an even-year team. San Francisco hasn’t scored four points in any game in this series and has only scored five points in the last three games.
It’s not an easy game to bet on as there are so many different stats that can pull you in either direction and set up a head-to-heart battle.
The Giants roster shouldn’t have won 107 games, but it does. The Dodgers, on paper, are better. The Giants are apparently outperforming, but they have the defending home champions in an elimination game. However, they face a pitcher they are battling against. Then again, Webb cut out the Dodgers earlier in this series.
You could go on for hours.
Sifting through it all, maybe the real key is that the Dodgers have better talent and Urias has more of a track record than Webb. The Giants don’t score, while Los Angeles can explode any night. The Dodgers also have more playoff experience since some of these Giants have tasted it already this year.
Expect a close game, but the game is to bet on a Dodgers-Braves NLCS rematch.
THE CHOICE : Dodgers moneyline, Dodgers racing line and less.
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