The Dodgers played an ace in Game 4 to help push this Division Series to its limit. Now the Giants will play theirs in a winner-take-all Game 5 that could hinge on the Dodgers’ ability to adjust.
Because in Game 1, it was Logan Webb who dealt.
Webb will take the mound Thursday at Oracle Park for one final meeting of baseball’s best teams this year, with a trip to the NLCS on the line.
The Giants struck first this series behind 7 ⅔ scoreless innings from Webb in Game 1. In four games facing Webb this year, the Dodgers’ potent offense has managed four earned runs.
“Obviously he’s thrown the baseball really well against us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday. “I think (for us), it just goes back to that big part of the field mindset. He’s got really good stuff, the ball has a lot of action, and when he’s right he has really good command. And even when he’s not, the ball kind of moves a lot. So I think it’s just the idea of staying short, using the big part of the field. He doesn’t give up a whole lot of (slugging), so to play for the slug is just a bad approach.”
An aggressive approach backfired on the Dodgers in Game 1. Webb threw first-pitch strikes to 66.6% of hitters in the regular season. The Dodgers tried to jump him early, with 12 of…