Now that Clayton Kershaw has won Game 4 in New York City, ain’t it nice to have home field advantage and play Game 5 of the NLDS in Dodger Stadium? Yeah. Ain’t it nice to have Zack Greinke starting the game? Yeah. Will the Dodgers offense bring their “A” game? They better. You know the Mets will bring their “A” game.
Where does this game fit within the recent (27 year) history of the Dodgers World Series Quest? Nine years out of the twenty-seven years (that’s 1/3 of the time for us math geniuses), the Dodgers have made the playoffs. Of the prior eight playoff trips, only three times did the Dodgers make it through the Division Series and advance to the National League Championship Series (NLCS trips were in 2008, 2009, and 2013). Zero times in twenty-seven years have the Dodgers won the NLCS and advance to the World Series.
The last time the Dodgers won Game 5 of the NLDS was 1981. Hey, there wasn’t no Division Series that long ago! Yes, there was, in 1981, because of the stupid strike! So, there is a precedent. And, by the way, as we all know, the Dodgers went on to win the World Series in 1981.
So here we go up against Jacob deGrom again, this time with Zack Greinke. Dodger4Life has already provided some nice stats on Greinke’s success in terms of how many innings he has pitched and the wins and losses. This is bound to be a pitcher’s duel and some great baseball watching. A grit it out, defense matters, and one or two couple small ball runs could determine the victor of the game. Expect to see Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen pitch and maybe pitch longer than their normal sets. Don’t expect to see Joel Peralta on the mound.