Can SF Giants prevent Dodgers from another postseason series comeback?

The Dodgers find themselves in an uncomfortable, yet familiar spot Tuesday night with elimination staring them in their collective faces. They’ve got those pesky Giants to thank for that.

Yet, when the Giants head to Dodger Stadium for Game 4, looking to clinch the National League Division Series between the rivals, Los Angeles has a bit of history on its side. The last time the Dodgers needed to win twice to stave off elimination, they got back-to-back big-time pitching performances from Walker Buehler and Julio Urias to come back and beat the Braves in last year’s NLCS.

Perhaps with that in mind, the Dodgers announced late Tuesday morning their ace Buehler will work on three days’ rest and start Game 4. And, should Los Angeles survive Tuesday, Urias, who beat the Giants in Game 2, would get the call for a winner-take-all matchup with Logan Webb in Game 5.

Desperate times call for anything that might work, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Monday’s 1-0 loss to the Giants.

“Everything’s on the table,” Roberts said when asked Monday night about Buehler working on short rest for the first time in his career. “Whatever it takes to win (Tuesday) and then we’ll kind of pick up the pieces after that.”

The Dodgers have performed extraordinarily well with their backs to the wall recently – they’ve already won four straight elimination games in less than a year, including last Wednesday’s walk-off wild card win over St. Louis. But, like every other team, they still haven’t been able to solve this year’s Giants.

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As for the Giants, they don’t have much recent postseason history. It’s been five years since they’ve even been in the postseason, and it was Kris Bryant and his Cubs who ended San Francisco’s short-lived postseason run in 2016.

(In case the Giants have to play a Game 5 on Thursday night, here’s a nugget to impress your friends with: San Francisco won 10 consecutive postseason elimination games before that loss to the Cubs in ’16).

With Los Angeles facing elimination for the fifth time since last October and the Giants a win away from their first postseason series win since 2014, here’s a closer look at each team in the postseason over the past 10 years:

GIANTS SERIES-WINNING OPPORTUNITIES SINCE 2011
Record: 6-2

2014 WORLD SERIES, Game 7: Giants 3, Royals 2: Five words meant a third championship in San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner to the rescue. With one day of rest, MadBum pitched the biggest game in Giants history – five innings of shutout relief as the Giants hung on for the title.

2014 WORLD SERIES, Game 6: Royals 10, Giants 0: With a chance to clinch the title, the Giants essentially took the day off. Starter Jake Peavy was knocked out in the second inning and the rest of the game was just as forgettable.

2014 NLCS, Game 5: Giants 6, Cardinals 3: Travis (Freaking) Ishikawa. It was his pinch-hit, 3-run homer in the ninth inning that provided the unforgettable walk-off victory for the Giants.

2014 NLDS, Game 4: …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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