How to watch Giants vs. Dodgers in 2021 NLDS

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How to watch Giants vs. Dodgers in 2021 NLDS originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

For the first time in MLB postseason history, it’s the San Francisco Giants against the Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s an all-California matchup between the two best teams in baseball, with the Giants having gone 107-55 and the Dodgers going 106-56. After the two teams competed in one of the more memorable division races, they now square off in the best-of-five National League Division Series.  

It’s a tough draw for the Giants, who, after setting a single-season franchise record for wins and producing the best record in baseball, are rewarded with a matchup against the defending champion Dodgers.

Los Angeles advanced after Chris Taylor hit a walk-off home run in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday, giving L.A. a 3-1 win over a St. Louis Cardinals team that had won 19 of its last 22 games. The Dodgers are taking part in their ninth straight postseason, having won their first championship since 1988 last season.

The Giants return to the postseason for the first time since 2016 after a stunning one-year turnaround in which they went just 29-31 last season.

That set up what should be a memorable showdown between intrastate longtime rivals. 

Here’s everything you need to know for the Giants-Dodgers series.

What is the Giants-Dodgers NLDS schedule?

Game 1: Giants 4, Dodgers 0

Game 2: Dodgers 9, Giants 2

Game 3: Giants 1, Dodgers 0

Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 12, Giants vs. Dodgers, 9:07 p.m. ET

Game 5 (if necessary): Thursday, Oct. 14, Giants vs. Dodgers, 9:07 p.m. ET

The NLDS is played in a 2-2-1 format where the team with the better regular season record gets home field for Games 1, 2 and 5. The Giants finished atop the National League at 107-55, winning the NL West by one game over the Dodgers at 106-56, so the series began at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

What TV channel is the Giants-Dodgers playoff series on?

All games for the series will be broadcast on TBS.

How to stream Giants-Dodgers free online

All games can be streamed on MLB.TV, and the TBS app. Viewers can also check out the series on FuboTV (free trial).

How to listen to Giants-Dodgers on the radio

ESPN Radio will broadcast all MLB postseason games for listeners.

Giants and Dodgers starting pitchers for NLDS

It’s a matchup between the top two pitching staffs in baseball. 

The Dodgers’ team ERA of 3.01 was the best in baseball this season. Right behind them were the Giants with a 3.24 ERA.

The Dodgers allowed the fewest hits with 1,107 and had the second-most strikeouts with 1,599, while the Giants’ staff issued the fewest walks with 416 and allowed the fewest home runs with 151.

Game 4: The starting pitchers for Game 4 have not yet been announced.

What are the Giants-Dodgers 2021 NLDS betting odds? 

While the Giants captured the NL West, beat the Dodgers 10-9 in the season series and had the best record in baseball, it’s the Dodgers who entered as the favorite to win the series and the championship. 

The Giants opened the postseason with the fourth-best odds to win the World Series at +650, per PointsBet. They trailed the Dodgers at +250, the Houston Astros at +450 and the Tampa Bay Rays at +500.

Now through three games in the NLDS, the Giants (-275) are the favorite to defeat the Dodgers (+210) in the series. 

For more, check out the full odds for the series here.