The Dodgers allowed only 10 runs in five games in the NLDS, including just one tally in Game 5 to outlast the Giants in a hard-fought series between the two best MLB teams.
2021 NLDS: Dodgers vs. Giants
The 2021 National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, the first postseason meeting between the two rivals who have played in the National League together since 1890.
Mookie Betts had four hits in Game 5 of the National League Division Series to help eliminate the Giants, but the Dodgers leadoff man and right fielder was in the middle of everything during the entire NLDS, a part of some of the most impactful plays of the series.
The Dodgers won’t start 20-game winner Julio Urías in Game 5 of the NLDS, opting instead to go with right-handed reliever Corey Knebel in the first inning, presumably as an opener before the left-handed Urías enters.
Just like the first two games of the National League Division Series in San Francisco, the Dodgers and Giants splits Games 3 and 4 at Dodger Stadium. Max Scherzer was fantastic on a windy night in Los Angeles, but the Dodgers were shut out for the second time in the series. The Dodgers found their offense to stay alive in Game 4, a game in which Walker Buehler added to his postseason lore by starting on three days rest for the first time.
Walker Buehler pitched into the fifth inning, proving he was the right choice even on short rest to start Game 4 of the NLDS. Buehler only allowed one run, and the Dodgers offense backed him to even the series against the Giants, setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday in San Francisco.
After getting shut out twice in three games in the National League Division Series, the Dodgers will need their offense to stay alive against the Giants, beginning in Game 4. Regardless of who’s pitching for Los Angeles.
Dave Roberts showed faith in Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor, and AJ Pollock, and all three delivered in some fashion offensively in the Dodgers’ blowout win over the Giants in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.