The Dodgers and Giants are set to kick things off in the National League Division Series tonight in the Bay Area. After battling it out all year in the NL West, Los Angeles gets their chance at revenge after falling short to the Giants by just 1 game.
And while the worry for the Dodgers lies with the team in the other dugout, there are other factors to consider. The umpiring crews have already been announced for the series, and there are good and bad names to keep an eye on.
One guy in particular is Angel Hernandez. The controversial umpire has made a name for himself in MLB by being…well, pretty awful at his job. Hernandez will be at first base in Game 1 of the series and will slide over to call balls and strikes in game 2.
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The Dodgers have some familiarity with him recently after Dave Roberts got tossed by him in a game back in April. Doc argued with Hernandez on a checked swing call after he previously called a balk on Jimmy Nelson.
Hernandez also ranks as one of the least efficient callers behind the plate. He has consistently rated out very low average in terms of overall accuracy, and he has also been inconsistent in that accuracy. The Dodgers and Giants are going to have to figure it out though, because that will not be changing.