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Giants vs. Dodgers: NLDS Game 2 live stream, TV channel, watch online, time, odds for 2021 MLB playoffs

Dodgers Vs. Giants Live Stream: How To Watch The Dodgers vs. Giants Live

The San Francisco Giants host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS.

 

NL West rivals collide as the Dodger and Giants meet in the National League Division Series. The Giants are looking for their first World Series title since 2014, while the Dodgers are looking for their first championship since… last year. Game 1 features a battle of aces as Los Angeles sends Walker Buehler (16-4, 2.47 ERA) to the mound, while San Fran counters with Logan Webb (11-3, 3.03 ERA).

Game 2 airs Saturday night at 9:07, while Game 3 is scheduled for Monday, October 11 at 9:37, with both games being broadcast on TBS. Here’s how to watch the

The arch rival San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers began their best-of-five NLDS on Friday at Oracle Park in San Francisco. The Giants took a 1-0 series lead at home, but the Dodgers will try to punch back on Saturday night in Game 2. This marks the first time in the modern era — i.e., 1900 onward — that the Dodgers and Giants franchises have met in the postseason.

It’s also a true clash of titans, as the Giants during the regular season went 107-55 and finished a game ahead of the 106-56 Dodgers. This NLDS now owns the record for most combined wins, 213, by two teams meeting in a playoff series. It’s also the first time that two teams winning at least 105 games each during the regular season have met in the playoffs.

As for how they got here, the Giants broke the Dodgers’ streak of eight straight division titles, and the Dodgers eked out a thrilling win over the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Game.

Below, you’ll find all you need to know about the NLDS — the dates and times of each game, as well as the probables and the television carriers.

The Dodgers finished the regular season with a better run differential than the Giants, plus-269 to plus-210. That plus the Dodgers’ notable deadline additions — Trea Turner and Max Scherzer — mean you can argue that L.A. has the stronger roster on paper. That said, the Dodger rotation right now is missing Clayton Kershaw, who’s out for the entire postseason with an elbow injury. As well, that rotation isn’t lined up optimally, as Max Scherzer started Wednesday’s Wild Card Game. Infielder Max Muncy (elbow) is also unlikely to be available for the Dodgers in the series. On the Giants’ side of things, first baseman Brandon Belt (thumb) probably won’t be able to play in this series.

Whatever the specifics, this one figures to be a highly intense and highly compelling postseason clash. Fittingly, the Giants won the season series by the narrow margin of 10-9, but the Dodgers outscored them in those games by the similarly narrow margin of 80-78.

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MLB playoffs: Best bets for Saturday’s NLDS games, including a Freddie Freeman home run in Braves vs. Brewers

MLB playoffs: Best bets for Saturday’s NLDS games, including a Freddie Freeman home run in Braves vs. Brewers

Look for Freddie Freeman to go deep for the Braves on Saturday

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After a very successful first three days of the playoffs, we hit a roadblock on Friday and missed all three props. That means we’ve gone 6-6, but bear in mind that underdog odds are tough to hit and this means we’re still up for the playoffs at +295. Also, remember I’m doing game picks over on SportsLine and there are two more up right now. I’ve gone 6-2-1 thus far in the playoffs, so hop on over there and subscribe. When there’s money to be made, there’s no time to waste. Fingers crossed on a better day.

All odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

Freddie Freeman homers, +450

Freeman battled with some tough at-bats against difficult pitching matchups in Game 1. Prior to that, he had nine homers and a .615 slugging percentage in his career in 29 games in that ballpark. Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff can be had via the longball from lefties, as he’s allowed 10 this season. Freeman is 3 for 9 with a home run in his career against Woodruff.

So does any of this make a Freeman home run likely? No, of course not. Look at the +450 sitting there. It’s a tough call to try and gamble on who is going to hit a home run in any given game. Giancarlo Stanton, Nelson Cruz and Yordan Alvarez say I’ve had good fortune in picking a home run so far this postseason. Let’s watch Freeman get us back on track after Randy Arozarena was held in the yard on Friday.

Max Fried over 4.5 strikeouts, -140

Fried is not a strikeout pitcher, which is why this number might look low. He’s on a huge second-half run with a 1.74 ERA in his last 14 games. He’s averaged 6.14 strikeouts per start in there, so that’s a win. In those 14 starts, he’s only been under 4.5 strikeouts twice, and both of those times it was exactly four. The Brewers are capable of producing some high-strikeout volume in a game. They struck out 10 times in Game 1. I expect Fried has a great outing and goes deep, which means we will get to at least five strikeouts here.

Kevin Gausman under 5.5 strikeouts, -120

Gausman didn’t really show a noticeable dip in strikeout rate through the season, but there are other factors at play here for me. He had a 4.42 ERA after the All-Star break compared to 1.73 before. The Dodgers struck out 11 times in Game 1 and were criticized publicly by their manager, Dave Roberts, after the game for too much over-swinging with a golf analogy.

Roberts said they didn’t make adjustments tonight: “We had the same club all night, and that was a driver.”

— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 9, 2021

After being dominated for nine innings, I think the Dodgers’ offense is a sleeping giant heading into this one. Finally, the Giants barely used their bullpen and there’s a day off Sunday.

All this is to say I believe the Dodgers hit Gausman a bit early and Giants manager Gabe Kapler gets aggressive in using his bullpen in an effort to take advantage of their rest both before and after this game in order to take a 2-0 series lead. In other words, he won’t let Gausman “wear it” in order to preserve the bullpen and will have a quick hook.

This means I don’t believe Gausman will have enough time to get to six strikeouts. Take the under.

MLB playoffs: Four things White Sox must do to come back from their ALDS deficit vs. Astros

MLB playoffs: Four things White Sox must do to come back from their ALDS deficit vs. Astros

The ChiSox are down 0-2 in the best-of-five series

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Games 1 and 2 of the American League Division Series could not have gone much worse for the Chicago White Sox. The ChiSox got shut down by Houston Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. in the Game 1 loss (HOU 6, CWS 1), then their vaunted bullpen melted down in the Game 2 defeat (HOU 9, CWS 4). Chicago is a loss away from elimination as the team heads home for Game 3.

“Our backs are against the wall right now,” shortstop Tim Anderson told reporters, including MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, following the Game 2 loss. “We know what we’ve got to do, and we’ve got to take care of business. We have to keep fighting and keep pushing.”

In the wild card era only seven teams have come back to win a best-of-five series after falling behind 2-0, most recently the 2017 Yankees. They rallied to win three straight games after dropping Games 1 and 2 in Cleveland. Here are four things that must happen for the White Sox to have a chance at completing the ALDS comeback against the ‘Stros.

The great Alex Speier of the Boston Globe did the research a few years ago and found just about every team that came back from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series received a dominant start in Game 3. That was true for the 2017 Yankees as well. Masahiro Tanaka threw seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win in Game 3 to spur the comeback. It all starts with the guy on the mound.

On Saturday, the White Sox announced righty Dylan Cease will get the Game 3 start over veteran lefty Carlos Rodón. Rodón had the superior regular season, though he missed time with a shoulder issue in September, and showed greatly reduced velocity when he returned. He sat around 96 mph all summer then topped out at 92.8 mph in his final start.

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Carlos Rodón’s velocity has been way down since his shoulder issue. Brooks Baseball

“The fact that we’re still optimistic means that he’s showing enough, but the throws he’s got to make between now and Sunday and Monday, they dictate,” manager Tony La Russa told reporters, including Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, on Friday. “He throws, you see how he reacts. Just don’t know for sure, and he doesn’t know for sure. We’ve had a lot of talks about it.”

With Rodón compromised, Cease is the better Game 3 option. His command can come and go, but he can also miss bats in the zone with his power stuff, that is just about the only way to beat the relentless Astros. They have one of the lowest chase rates in MLB, so they won’t expand the zone. You have to beat them in the zone. Cease can do that, or at least has the potential to do that.

Either way, Cease or Rodón, getting a dominant start in Game 3 is imperative. Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito combined to allow nine runs in eight innings in Games 1 and 2, putting tremendous strain on the bullpen. The White Sox badly need someone to go out, keep the Astros off the board into the middle innings, and give the offense a chance to build a lead.

Speaking of the offense, White Sox hitters had 18 hits in Games 1 and 2 combined, and all 18 were singles. Not a single extra-base hit. They’re only the fifth team in history with zero extra-base hits in their first two postseason games, joining the 1926 Yankees, 1939 Reds, 1974 Pirates, and 1981 Royals. Those four teams all went on to lose their series.

“I’m the kind of person that, when we lose, I like to focus on the positive,” reigning AL MVP José Abreu told reporters, including MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, after Game 1. “I think everybody tried their best today. We get value in fighting. But we also have to recognize the work that the Astros did. Their pitcher was good, and they did a good job. We’ll focus on tomorrow now.”

Chicago’s offense had the third-highest ground ball rate in baseball during the regular season and that played right to the strengths of McCullers and Framber Valdez. Valdez had the highest ground ball rate in baseball this year, McCullers the fifth-highest, and unless you shoot a ball down the line, ground balls don’t go for extra bases often. Those were bad matchups for the ChiSox.

Here are Chicago’s batted ball locations in Games 1 and 2. They hit only five balls to the warning track in the two games.

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The White Sox offense has been limited to singles in the ALDS. Baseball Savant

Credit to Houston’s pitchers. They’ve been great. The White Sox had the 10th-highest slugging percentage in baseball during the regular season and the Astros have stifled them. Stringing together singles and walks against postseason-caliber pitching isn’t easy. When you get a pitch to hit, you better do damage. Extra-base hits are the lifeblood of a postseason offense.

The tide could turn in Game 3. The Astros are starting rookie righty Luis Garcia, who had one of the lowest ground ball rates in baseball during the regular season. Also, Garcia has already thrown 155 1/3 innings this year, nearly 50 innings more than his previous career high. Fatigue appeared to be an issue at times down the stretch and a tired pitcher is advantage offense.

Abreu, Anderson, and Luis Robert are a combined 13 for 24 (.542) in the ALDS. The rest of the White Sox are 5 for 44 (.114). That is untenable. Those three guys need help, and that helps needs to come in the form of extra-base hits. Homers, doubles, whatever best allows baserunners to advance more than 90 feet at a time. The ChiSox need their power stroke to return.

The White Sox are carrying 12 pitchers on their ALDS roster and only three have yet to appear in the series: Cease and Rodón, their Game 3 and 4 starters (in either order), and flame-throwing reliever Michael Kopech. La Russa gave a curious answer when asked why Kopech went unused in the Game 2 defeat Friday.

“We were going to play the game today, and if we needed him to win the game, we would have pitched him,” La Russa told reporters, including Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago. “… [His ability to go multiple innings is] another big asset for us. We didn’t have to waste it. He could have pitched an inning today and still been available. He’ll be even more available.”

The White Sox had a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning in Game 2, and the score was tied 4-4 as late as the seventh, so it seems to me they needed Kopech to win the game. What’s done is done though. Kopech was not used in Games 1 or 2 and that can’t continue. It’s time to let the Ferrari out of the garage. Kopech can overpower hitters in the zone and that’s how you beat the Astros.

In a perfect world the White Sox would pair Kopech with Rodón, who may not be able to provide a ton of length as he comes off the shoulder issue. They no longer have the luxury of being picky, however. Every game the rest of the series is a must win, and if that means using Kopech after Cease in Game 3 and figuring out Game 4 later, so be it.

4. Get a little lucky

At this point the White Sox will need more than talent to beat the Astros. Houston is just too good. The ChiSox need a few bounces to go their way, a few calls to go their way, and things to break right in general. The best teams are good and lucky, and Chicago hasn’t benefitted from any luck in the ALDS thus far. It starts with talent. No doubt. The White Sox need a good outing from their starter in Game 3 and they need the offense to do more than slap singles. They also need a few breaks.

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Giants vs. Dodgers: Three reasons San Francisco can beat historic rival in NLDS

Giants vs. Dodgers: Three reasons San Francisco can beat historic rival in NLDS

The NLDS begins at Oracle Park on Friday

Mike Axisa

 

By Mike Axisa

Oct 8, 2021 at 5:14 pm ET

5 min read

For the first time in history, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will meet in a postseason series. The Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday, setting up a National League Division Series matchup between the historic rivals. Beyond the rivalry, the Giants and Dodgers had the two best records in Major League Baseball in 2021.

“It’s what baseball wants,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said following the Wild Card Game win. “Giants, Dodgers, one of the great rivalries in sports, and it’s happening.”

The Giants won 107 games this season. The Dodgers won 106. The Giants won the season series 10-9 but the Dodgers outscored them 80-78. These two teams were as close to evenly matched as it gets this year. Then again, only one came into the season as a clear World Series contender. The other is an out-of-nowhere success story.

Despite having the better record and winning the season series, the Giants are a bit of an underdog in the NLDS (Caesars Sportsbook lists the Dodgers as -160 favorites). I don’t think the Giants mind that either. The pressure is all on the Dodgers. They’re supposed to be here and they’re trying to repeat. The Giants came into the season with few expectations and have already exceeded them all.

With their underdog status in mind, here are three seasons the Giants can beat the rival Dodgers in the NLDS.