Whether it’s breaking an extra innings open game against the Angels, a back-to-back win in Auckland or a ninth inning bomb to beat the Dodgers, multi-run homers give the Giants a game over Los Angeles. Helped to NL West Crown
He finished second in home runs after the Blue Jays with 241. Thirty-four of them came in the game in the seventh innings or later.
Of the 10 playoff teams, the Giants relied heavily on the long ball for their offense, with 53.48% of their runs this year coming from balls that went over the outfield wall. Brave (52.4%) and Yankees (51.47) were the only other playoff teams to score more than half that amount. Toronto missed the playoffs but scored 52.12 runs at home on the fence. (We used the baseball reference to find runs on balls outside the game, so it doesn’t calculate home runs inside the park.)
It is a game trick that the less attractive style of play wins more in the playoffs. In baseball, the home race is as beautiful as it gets, but when the best teams face each other, the reason is that the margins will tighten and every little advantage counts.
Although the Giants have had a margin of four and seven runs in two games so far this post-season, their reliance on home runs is shining, albeit in a small sample of 17 offensive innings.
He scored four runs in a Game 1 win over Baster Posey, Chris Bryant and Brendon Crawford’s homers. In Game 2, the only run-scorer at home was a solo shot by Dodgers catcher Will Smith as Los Angeles kept the ball in the game and scored eight of their nine runs.
Against the Dodgers’ strong starting rotation, including Game 3 starter Max Scherzer, San Francisco may not have much choice in how he runs. Scherzer led the league in the WHIP (.864) and had the lowest wins per season with the Washington Nationals and Dodgers (6), and even more dominant after being traded in the LA. However, 11 initially logged 1.98 ERA. The right-handers do not allow many homes to run, and have been particularly stingy in the playoffs. The 37-year-old has allowed 12 home runs in 23 playoffs By the Dodgers When he was with the citizens.
Managing flexibility and playing the versatility of the roster has been Gabby Kepler’s greatest strength this season, but it has largely been through the platoon’s paradigm. With very few decisions coming up in the post-season and the Giants are effectively facing a three-game series without a home field advantage.
A note in favor of the giants: last year’s playoffs. Most highlighted Homers (51.3%) for any post-season since 1969, when the playoffs advanced to the World Series. The game is being played differently in the third wave of analytics, and the home run is invaluable.
It remains to be seen whether the giants will be able to get enough value out of it.