Lthe champions Los Angeles Dodgers survived elimination on Tuesday, beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 and compel the National League Division Series to be defined in a fifth and final game on Thursday at Oracle Park.
The two best teams of the regular season will play their options to new innings or perhaps more. The tension is highest in these kill or die games and the responsibility is greater for the pitchers who start the game.
For the Dodgers, the Mexican Julio Urías is the chosen one.
The left-hander was the one who won the most games in the majors in the regular season and he already responded to the call under pressure this postseason, opening Game 2 in San Francisco after losing in the first of the series. Urías worked five innings, allowing three hits and a run in the 9-2 win that tied the series.
The Mexican’s rival will be the Ace of the Giants, Logan Webb, who was 11-3 and 3.03 ERA. Defeated Walker Buehler in Game 1, working 7.2 5-hit tackles without allowing a run.
Despite being 25 years old, ‘The Kid’ has a lot of experience in the postseason. In his history he has 19 games, with a 7-2 record and one save. In 2018 and 2019 he was a reliever, but in 2016, 2020 and this season he did it as a starter, although Interestingly enough, the 5 innings pitched on Saturday equaled his longest run in the Playoffs.
In his regular season career, Urías has pitched 20 times against the Giants, with 14 starts. He has a 2.61 ERA and a 2-3 record. In 2021 he faced them five times in the regular season, going 2-1, in addition to winning Game 2.