If the pitch crew’s performance in the 9-2 Game 2 loss that draws the series is an indication of what’s going to happen, the Giants’ October run could end sooner than they expected.
After right-hander Kevin Gossman was ruled out of Saturday’s game in the sixth inning, reliever Dominic Lyon allowed three straight Dodger batsmen to reach the base, including Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock, Los Angeles’ No. 7 and No. 8. Hutters are included, each of whom doubles the first pitch. .
Lyon was one of manager Gabe Kepler’s most reliable relievers this year and was the pitcher who had the opportunity to record the last three outs of the regular season, but he faced quick command issues in his playoff debut and the Dodgers Allowed to take commanding lead. .
During the regular season, another reliable right-handed player, Zack Little, missed Saturday’s game in the eighth inning as he gave Will Smith the lead of the home run before allowing three more singles for the first time in the playoffs. ۔
Overall, the pitching performance was not at all encouraging for a giants team that would need a ballpark to do the series well at Dodger Stadium. Left-hander Alex Wood has decided to start Game 3 and with the possibility of Anthony Deslafani taking the ball in Game 4, Kepler is expected to have a smaller leash than Gossman and the Giants’ 21 Logan Webb.
The Giants tabbed Wood to face future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer in Game 3 because of how well he performed at the end of the season after returning from the COVID-19 injured list and his post-season Due to the track record, however, Southpaw is unlikely before Monday’s fifth inning
Wood has completed at least six innings in 11 of his 26 innings this year, including two losses against the Dodgers, but the opposing Hutters have lost .796 ops and one .909 ops against him for the second time this year. When they see Wood A. For the third time in the same game, the Dodgers are expected to load the top of their lineup with right-handed heaters such as Mookie Bates, Triya Turner and Justin Turner, making it unlikely that Kepler and his coaching Staff will allow Wood to go deep into Monday’s game until the giants do something important. lead
The Giants’ bullpen will likely need to cover anywhere from three to six innings from Monday, depending on how fast Wood is rented, but despite Saturday’s tough performance, there are reasons for optimism.
Left-hander Jack McGee, who has not pitched in the last three weeks of the season due to right-sided strain, tossed the seventh inning 1-2-3 on Saturday. Right-hander Tyler Rogers has struggled at Dodger Stadium this season, but he is also resting well and shows that he has a record of more than three outs at a time during the last week of the season. Is capable of This is followed by the fiery Camilo Doval, 24, who won the month reliever in September, and could be counted on to save four plus outs if the Giants take the lead late.
At some point on Monday or Tuesday, the Giants may also need to rely on 22-year-old Caroline Castro, the youngest member of their squad, who finished ninth at the start of their season later in the week. Tossed without number. Castro struggled with control issues on his last trip of the regular season, but he was otherwise left out in September and could look beyond Little and possibly Leon in a meaningful situation in Last Angeles.
A team of giants that have won 107 regular season games in large numbers because of the deepest bullying in a large number, their need for bullying will not be seen as a concern or a red flag. Kepler and the front office assembled a balanced group of relievers to give opponents different arm angles, pitch shapes and speeds with a goal, and this was to give the club the best chance of winning on days when the pitches didn’t start. ۔ Be able to work in depth in the game.
A struggling Giants line-up will also have a role to play, but for San Francisco to at least distribute its next game at Dodgers Stadium, Kepler’s bullying needs to overcome the Dodgers offense that It will catch pitches, drop pitches out of the zone and test. Support pitches that some other clubs can match.