Friday’s performance during Game 1 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants did not go as planned, at least for the Dodgers. LA was kept off the scoreboard in a 4-0 loss. That surely sent a shutter throughout the fanbase and didn’t leave much confidence heading into game 2.
However, the Boys in Blue showed want made them a dangerous team to face this season. They quickly scored 2 early on, thanks in part to Julio Urías showing he can do more than just win 20 games. They were then able to tag the bullpen for 7 more runs once Kevin Gausman exited the game. Now with the boost in confidence in the offense and the series heading back to Los Angeles tied, it means a shift in momentum may be at hand, at least that’s what manager Dave Roberts believes.
“It’s a good feeling. It’s interesting how the narrative changes from game to game. It’s a three-game series. We have Max on the mound. I like where we’re at.”
San Francisco is not an easy place to play in with the cavernous outfield and the hostile environment created by opposing fans. Add in the fact that it’s the postseason and the stakes are much higher and the pressure is on.
However, with the Dodgers coming back home to a ballpark they know like the back of their hand, they have a chance to change the narrative of the series in Games 3 and 4. They’ll be able to sleep in their own beds, have the support of their fans, and they’ll have Max Scherzer on the hill.
His last outing in the Wild Card game was certainly not his best, but he was able to fight through and give the Dodgers a chance to win the game. In 81 games at Chaves Ravine this season, the Dodgers won 58 of them. If the offense can stay awake and the pitching stays hot, they have a chance to wrap up this series here at home in front of their fanbase.