The San Francisco Giants are one win away from their first trip to the NLCS since 2014. On Monday, the Giants topped the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series thanks to Evan Longoria's solo homer and stout bullpen work ( ). Historically, the team that wins Game 3 when a best-of-five series is tied at a game apiece has gone on to win the series 72 percent of the time. The odds are in San Francisco's favor. Game 4 is set for Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
You can view the full postseason schedule by clicking here. With that throat-clearing out of the way, let's get to the important stuff for Game 4.
How to watch
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 12 | Time: 9:07 p.m. ET
Location: Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, California)
TV channel: TBS | Live stream: TBS.com
Starting pitchers: RHP Anthony DeSclafani vs. RHP Walker Buehler
The Dodgers will bring Walker Buehler back on short rest with their season on the line. Los Angeles has been shut out in both NLDS losses. No matter who is on the mound, the offense has to figure out a way to get scratch across some runs. They've scored in only three of 27 innings in the series.
As for the Giants, they're going with DeSclafani, who allowed 22 runs in 27 innings against the Dodgers during the regular season. That said, he had one disaster start against Los Angeles (10 runs in 2 2/3 innings) and was solid in their five other meetings. Manager Gabe Kapler understandably pushed his top relievers (Tyler Rogers and Camilo Doval) hard to nail down the Game 3, so their availability and effectiveness for Game 4 remains to be seen.
This series has been way too good to end in four games, hasn't it? The bet here is the Dodgers figure out a way to stay alive with a Game 4 win, then we get a Game 5 for the ages in San Francisco later this week.
Pick: Dodgers 3, Giants 2
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