With a crack of the bat, the Dodgers and 56,000 fans at Dodger Stadium went home happy on Wednesday night. Utility player Chris Taylor connected on a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to send LA to the NLDS on Friday.
Of course, everyone would have known this was going to be the outcome had they just been keeping an ear out. Wild Card starter Max Scherzer predicted it.
After the chaos of Wednesday’s Wild Card walk-off, Scherzer revealed he had the outcome already predicted. In fact, almost to a tee.
“I was standing next to Joe Kelly in the ninth and I was like, ‘Hey, I think Belli’s going to get on here and CT is going to hit a homer,” Scherzer said. “I’m telling Joe that as we’re watching Belli take some tight pitches and draw a walk. Then they brought in Alex [Reyes]. I actually thought he was going to hit an oppo homer on a fastball.”
While things didn’t go exactly Max’s way on Wednesday, the right-hander battled and kept LA in the game early. Where things did go his way is in his psychic abilities with Talyor’s walk-off.
The Dodgers rest (and nurse hangovers) on Thursday before moving on to battle the Giants up in San Francisco on Friday. Notably, this is the first time the two storied franchises have matched up in the postseason since both moving to the west coast after the 1957 season.
If you’re looking to make any prop bets or predictions on the series, there’s no word yet on whether Max Scherzer will be available to pass along any predictions to the general public… provided he’s sobered up.
Max Scherzer: "You gotta get rid of this echo… I'm drunk… whatever…" pic.twitter.com/lzYF2EathL
— Zak (@CaramelPhd) October 7, 2021