2021 NLDS 101: Giants v. Dodgers Game Thread

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Anybody rooting for the Dodgers just so the Giants won't tie the Sox for most WS Titles this century? Four. I am. I have nothing against the Giants, but I don't want them to have 4 titles this century.? I should say the whole post season now that MFY is out. Also does anybody notice that TBS announcer Brian Anderson(I think he's doing the game with Ron Darling) sounds like he has a permanent nasal congestion or cold?? It's kind of annoying.
 

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I liked Mays over Mantle when I was a kid. I like Gabe Kapler. I love that stadium. I like Giants fans.
great uniforms. I like Mike Yaz. I like Buster.
go Giants. (Sox vs Giants? I can dream)
 

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Anybody rooting for the Dodgers just so the Giants won't tie the Sox for most WS Titles this century? Four. I am. I have nothing against the Giants, but I don't want them to have 4 titles this century.? I should say the whole post season now that MFY is out. Also does anybody notice that TBS announcer Brian Anderson(I think he's doing the game with Ron Darling) sounds like he has a permanent nasal congestion or cold?? It's kind of annoying.
Yes. That plus Mookie + Dave

(Although yes, Kapler is still dreamy)

A lot of ex-Red Sox still managing in the playoffs . . .
 

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I liked Mays over Mantle when I was a kid. I like Gabe Kapler. I love that stadium. I like Giants fans.
great uniforms. I like Mike Yaz. I like Buster.
go Giants. (Sox vs Giants? I can dream)
I liked Will the Thrill more than Kirk Gibson when I was a kid. Sweet swing.

But go Dodgers!

Webb is dominant today though
 
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Anybody rooting for the Dodgers just so the Giants won't tie the Sox for most WS Titles this century? Four. I am. I have nothing against the Giants, but I don't want them to have 4 titles this century.? I should say the whole post season now that MFY is out. Also does anybody notice that TBS announcer Brian Anderson(I think he's doing the game with Ron Darling) sounds like he has a permanent nasal congestion or cold?? It's kind of annoying.
Nah I just can't do it. Tough to root for a team who seems to be acquiring MVP candidates at every position at will. And yes I realize it's totally hypocritical to cry about big market team spending as a Sox fan lol.

Also I just think SFG have done a tremendous job building a contender by tweaking so many existing vets - cool to watch them make a run.
 

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This Giants team reminds me of the 2013 Sox. No one on the team had a bad year, a bunch of older guys had outlier seasons and various journeymen pulled Mike Carps.

That said, Webb is really damn good.
 

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Anybody rooting for the Dodgers just so the Giants won't tie the Sox for most WS Titles this century? Four. I am. I have nothing against the Giants, but I don't want them to have 4 titles this century.? I should say the whole post season now that MFY is out. Also does anybody notice that TBS announcer Brian Anderson(I think he's doing the game with Ron Darling) sounds like he has a permanent nasal congestion or cold?? It's kind of annoying.
Needs to be reiterated: LAD is in same universe as LAL. And since beat LA is always the diktat, the dodgers must never win. Magic being a co owner is a convenient reminder of this simple truth.
 

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Crawford?! Hard to believe. I thought he was destined for a few years of defense-first non contender.
 

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Crawford?! Hard to believe. I thought he was destined for a few years of defense-first non contender.
If you told me even a year ago that a team with an offensive core of Posey, Belt, and Crawford was a credible World Series contender, I'd have laughed you out of the room. What SF is doing is nuts.
 

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Where the hell did this guy come from?
He was in high A in 2019. This year, he was on the shuttle between SF and AAA until he seemed to fully put it together at the end of the year. Right when McGee got hurt and Rogers started to struggle, conveniently enough.

Regarding Posey and Crawford, I think Posey sitting out last year and Crawford playing the short season really helped them. Those old bones got a nice long rest for the first time in a long time. And Crawford admitted he was offended that no one was mentioning him when discussing all the great SS who would be on the market this off-season.
 

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What @nattysez

And @NYCSox is right. This Giants team does feel a bit like the 2013 Sox but they lack any and all star power like a Papi or Pedroia. Its akin to an NBA team stacked with above average rotation players. Or something.

The Giants/Dodgers rivalry is very similar to Bos/NYY but also very different. It feels lighter but still just as fierce. Its also really fun.

Beat LA!
 

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What @nattysez

And @NYCSox is right. This Giants team does feel a bit like the 2013 Sox but they lack any and all star power like a Papi or Pedroia. Its akin to an NBA team stacked with above average rotation players. Or something.
I would argue Posey and Bryant fit the Ortiz and Pedroia roles pretty well. The former is a future HoFer having a resurgence and the latter is a former MVP/perennial All-Star still in his relative prime. On the other hand, there are a bunch of Giants whom I, a guy who follows baseball, had never heard of, including last night’s starter, so what do I know?
 

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I would argue Posey and Bryant fit the Ortiz and Pedroia roles pretty well. The former is a future HoFer having a resurgence and the latter is a former MVP/perennial All-Star still in his relative prime. On the other hand, there are a bunch of Giants whom I, a guy who follows baseball, had never heard of, including last night’s starter, so what do I know?
it’s funny, I had sort of dismissed the comparison but now that you point this out I realize it extends to their rotation. The 2013 Red Sox had reliable veteran arms in Lester, Lackey, and Peavy with Buchholz as the wild card. The 2021 Giants have Gausman, Desclafani, and Wood with Webb as the wild card. Now of course Lester was still in his prime as an ace, and Peavy wasn’t too removed from his own, but there’s more similarity than I had initially thought.
 

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I would argue Posey and Bryant fit the Ortiz and Pedroia roles pretty well. The former is a future HoFer having a resurgence and the latter is a former MVP/perennial All-Star still in his relative prime. On the other hand, there are a bunch of Giants whom I, a guy who follows baseball, had never heard of, including last night’s starter, so what do I know?
I think you're right and I'd throw Brandon Crawford into that conversation, maybe more so than Bryant since he's new to the franchise. He's not a former MVP but has been a stalwart for the Giants for a decade and is having far and away his best season at the plate (career high OPS by 100 points) and led the team in WAR.

The comparisons to the 2013 Sox feel right on for the Giants, especially with how they've exceeded all expectations in a division where preseason predictions had them in third at best. They're hard not to root for.
 

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After seeing the split-finger by Gausman, it’s easy to know why he had the year he had, after so many mediocre seasons.
 

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Bold strategy by Evan Williams to insult bourbon aficionados in their bourbon ads.
 

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Gabe Kapler is really a spectacular manager. I like him a lot.
He definitely seems pretty savvy and he seems well liked around these parts. Its an exaggeration to say that if the Giants win this series that he won't have to do anything else. But its not that much of an exaggeration. Beat LA is a religion here just as it is in Boston.