Dodgers-Padres 2020 NLDS Game 3 FAQ


What could the Dodgers and Padres possibly have in store for an encore?
After they played arguably the most dramatic game of the postseason — a tense and contentious 6-5 Los Angeles victory on Wednesday night — the NL West rivals are back at it for Game 3 of the

What could the Dodgers and Padres possibly have in store for an encore?

After they played arguably the most dramatic game of the postseason — a tense and contentious 6-5 Los Angeles victory on Wednesday night — the NL West rivals are back at it for Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Thursday.

NLDS presented by Doosan, Game 3: 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on MLB Network. To find your channel, visit FindMLBNetwork.com

Game Date Time Matchup/Result TV/Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 6 LAD 5, SD 1 Watch
Gm 2 Oct. 7 LAD 6, SD 5 Watch
Gm 3 Oct. 8 9 p.m. LAD @ SD MLBN
*Gm 4 Oct. 9 9 p.m. LAD @ SD FS1
*Gm 5 Oct. 10 8 p.m. SD @ LAD FS1

The Padres are looking to stave off elimination for the third time this postseason. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have opened their playoffs with four straight victories and are on the verge of a fourth trip to the NL Championship Series in five years.

“It’s do-or-die for us, and that’s the way it’s going to be at least for the next three games,” said Padres manager Jayce Tingler.

Here’s what you need to know about Game 3:

When is the game and how can I watch it?
The game will be shown on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Thursday. To find your channel, visit FindMLBNetwork.com. It is also available to stream on MLB.TV with authentication.

Who will be the ‘home’ team at the neutral site?
For the first time this series, the Padres will be the home team in Game 3. Should the series advance to a fourth game, they’d be the home team again, and the Dodgers would be the home team in Game 5.

What do the starting lineups look like?
Dodgers: This lineup accounted for five runs in Game 1. The only question mark is whether Joc Pederson returns at DH, but since Edwin Rios’ injury, the options are limited.

1) Mookie Betts, RF
2) Corey Seager, SS
3) Justin Turner, 3B
4) Max Muncy, 1B
5) Will Smith, C
6) Cody Bellinger, CF
7) AJ Pollock, LF
8) Joc Pederson, DH
9) Chris Taylor, 2B

Padres: The Padres would likely slide Trent Grisham back into the leadoff spot if the Dodgers decide to use a right-hander. Otherwise, they’ll probably stick with the same lineup that got them five runs in Game 2.

1) Fernando Tatis Jr., SS
2) Manny Machado, 3B
3) Eric Hosmer, 1B
4) Tommy Pham, DH
5) Wil Myers, RF
6) Jake Cronenworth, 2B
7) Jurickson Profar, LF
8) Austin Nola, C
9) Trent Grisham, CF

Who are the starting pitchers?
Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts wouldn’t say after Game 3 because he wants the Padres having to prepare for multiple options. Those include right-hander Tony Gonsolin, left-hander Julio Urías or either of them following an opener. Dustin May, who threw 27 pitches in Game 1, is likely to be held back for a Game 4 or 5.

Padres: With their season on the line, the Padres turn to 21-year-old rookie Adrian Morejon, who has impressed over three scoreless frames so far this postseason. Morejon boasts an electric five-pitch mix, but he’s been erratic at times. The left-hander will presumably have a short leash, but Tingler has hinted that he could be available for as many as five innings.

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?
Dodgers: As if it wasn’t obvious in the ninth inning of Game 2, the Dodgers don’t have a “closer.” After the starter leaves, pitching decisions are made by matchups, which is why Brusdar Graterol entered in the seventh inning to face Fernando Tatis Jr. with Manny Machado on deck. Graterol seems to be the go-to leverage guy, meaning he will face the two best Padres hitters, whenever they come up.

Padres: The Padres managed to avoid using any of their biggest bullpen weapons on back-to-back days, meaning Emilio Pagán, Drew Pomeranz and Trevor Rosenthal are presumably still lined up for late innings. If the Dodgers load their lineup with right-handers to face Morejon, it’s possible the Padres piggyback either Garrett Richards or Luis Patiño on top of him after a trip or two through the order.

Are there any relievers who are unavailable?
Dodgers: Kenley Jansen and Blake Treinen pitched in the first two games, so they likely are unavailable. Dustin May probably is as well because he might have to start.

Padres: No.

Any injuries of note?
Dodgers: Walker Buehler’s blister minimizes the chances he would be used in relief, although there are no absolutes with the Dodgers.

Padres: After his early exit in the second inning of Game 1, right-hander Mike Clevinger was removed from the NLDS roster. That allowed the Padres to add righty reliever Dan Altavilla to the mix.

Who is hot and who is not?
Dodgers: Mookie Betts and Corey Seager at the top of the order remain as hot as they’ve been all season, but Cody Bellinger flashing power and Max Muncy driving in runs in Game 2 were exactly what the Dodgers hoped to see. Under the radar, Austin Barnes is having a big postseason.

Padres: Rookie Jake Cronenworth has been scorching all postseason, hitting .467 with a 1.400 OPS. Tommy Pham, meanwhile, is 8-for-20 in the playoffs. On the flip side, catcher Austin Nola has pieced together some quality plate appearances, but he’s just 1-for-14.

Anything else fans want to know?
Dodgers: The Dodgers are the only club in MLB that didn’t lose three consecutive games at any point in the season.

Padres: The Padres have come back from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series once in franchise history. They rallied to beat the Cubs in the 1984 NLCS — boosted by a Steve Garvey walk-off home run in Game 4.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.





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