SAN FRANCISCO – If the Giants season lasts its last few outs on Thursday night, there’s a good chance the Dodgers will be close to Kenley Johnson.
Is it possible that the giants want to balance their long-standing feud with the NLDS on the mound?
The answer is not as simple as it used to be.
Jensen made 35 career saves against the Giants and was as fast as ever when he hit the side on 14 pitches in Game 3 on Monday night. But the Giants guessed hard-hitting Johnson when he failed to complete a full innings in the return of the Giants at the start of the season.
Is this something the giants can analyze and possibly recreate if Game 5 has the most important innings of their season?
Gabe Kepler, the Giants’ manager, said his philosophy is to look at recent pitches, a look at their season as a whole and even their history when developing a hitting approach.
“And then I look at those three buckets, somehow putting them all together,” Kepler said.
Giants have a lot of data when it comes to sex, especially looking at this season. Jensen counted nine times against the Giants, Game 3 counted, and there was no middle ground.
Jensen stood out in the Giants’ three comeback wins, allowing 10 runs in 1 innings (48.60 ERA) and five runs. Johnson did not allow a run in six other appearances, scoring nine runs with three walks.
Johnson has been one of the most successful shutters in league history, saving 350 careers in the regular season (13th in MLB history) and 18 more in the playoffs.
The 34-year-old has generally been tough on giants as well. Game 3 was a reminder when it defeated Mike Yaster Zemsky, Buster Posey and Crawford in the ninth inning of the Giants’ 1-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.
But the glimmer of hope for the giants in the possible doomsday scenario against Jansen is that for the first time in more than a decade, when they are facing it, they have experienced three consecutive victories against the All-Star. What
In late May and late July, when the NL West Race really started to heat up, the Giants marked three losses in five losses to the Dodgers. Jensen was called in to record the final outing.
They were not alone. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Johnson struggled so badly in the middle of the season that his job as a Dodgers ninth-innings specialist was in jeopardy.
The giants were a big part of this commotion.
On May 28, a day after recording an 11-pitch save against the Giants, Johnson entered the 10th innings of a 5-5 tie and took just two outs, giving Lamonte Wade Jr. an RBI single and a two-run double. To Avon Langoria San Francisco wins 8-5..
On July 21, Johnson entered the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead, but Buster Posey single-handed to take the lead and Wilmer Flores later hit Homer on three pitches. Later, Jensen took one walk after another to load the bases and was removed from the game. The giants took first place. In the NL West
On July 22, Johnson entered the ninth inning with a Dodgers lead (3-1) and was far from completing another save that never happened. Thiro Estrada and Wade Jr. had RBI singles and Johnson also had one run. Giants win 5-3..
For the Giants, the July 22 defeat was a turning point for Johnson. After that game, his third straight blasting chance overall, he went 3-0 with 17 saves and a 1.17 ERA in the rest of the regular season. He also saved a win in the Dodgers’ NL Wild Card game in St. Louis, recording all three outs with a strikeout, and just one run in his last 23 appearances.
Jensen’s pace has picked up again this season, but Jensen’s late change can also be credited with changing his outlook. He’s throwing more of his hardcore, a potentially devastating finish to his slider and two-seam fastball.
Overall, it was Johnson’s best season since 2017, when he finished fifth in the Young Award voting. He had a 2.22 ERA with 38 saves and an average of 11. 2 strikeouts per game.
“These are two weird journeys,” Jensen told reporters last week when asked about his struggle against the giants. Is.”
Giants can be related. San Francisco has won 43 comebacks this season, including six after the eighth inning. Three of them were against Johnson, adding another interesting layer to Game 5’s stories.