Dodgers @ Giants – October 1, 2023: The regular season ends as October begins

There’s very little to say ahead of today’s regular season finale as the Giants are eliminated and the Dodgers have clinched anything possible in the National League side.

Technically, Los Angeles could lock up home-field advantage in the World Series against anyone but the 101-win Baltimore Orioles with a win, as the Dodgers sit at 99 wins right now while the Rays are at 98. The Rays won 2 of 3 games in Tampa Bay St. Petersburg during the regular season, so I assume tying at 99 wins would lean in favor of the Rays.


While last night may have been Clayton Kershaw‘s final start in the regular season, today may be the final time the Dodgers see Brandon Crawford as a Giant.

Out since Sept. 20, Crawford returns for Game 162. Amazingly, Crawford has actually played against the Dodgers less than anyone else in the NL West with just 584 PAs in 170 games. His .238/.327/.348/.675 is actually not as good as I would assume for a career .250/.319/.396/.715 hitter, but his best line within the division is unsurprisingly against Colorado at .267/.333/.466/.798.

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12:05 P.M. San Francisco
RF Betts SS Crawford (L)
1B Freeman (L) 1B Wade (L)
C Smith 2B Estrada
DH Martinez LF Conforto (L)
3B Muncy (L) DH Pederson (L)
LF Taylor RF Yastrzemski (L)
2B Rosario CF Fitzgerald
CF Outman (L) C Sabol (L)
SS Hernandez 3B Schmitt
P Miller (R) P Harrison (L)

Freddie Freeman enters the final game at 59 doubles and 29 homers while Mookie Betts is sitting at 39 home runs.

Bobby Miller will make his 22nd start of the season that will give him sole possession of second on the team behind Clayton Kershaw’s 24 starts. Three of the next four leaders in starts won’t be playing for the Dodgers in the postseason, and the other among that group, Michael Grove, is to be determined in terms of his role next week.


Another thing to look for if Brusdar Graterol enters the game this afternoon:


Somewhat relevant for the Dodgers is the status of how the Wild Card seeds are going to be decided today.

With the Dodgers getting the winner of the No. 3 Brewers and No. 6 Wild Card team, this afternoon will decide who lands in that final spot. Just a reminder, Los Angeles beat Milwaukee in 5 of 6 meetings this season and Arizona in 8 of 13 meetings. Five of those losses came in the first eight games of the season, with the Dodgers closing the season series with five straight wins while outscoring the D-backs 30-9 with a pair of shutouts. The Marlins tied the season series at 3-3 with a pair of wins in Miami early in September, and outscored the Dodgers 30-26. That included a pair of 11-run games, as well as two 1-run games and one shutout in Miami.

Whoever ends up in Los Angeles for Game 1 of the National League Division Series will be up against Kershaw.


First pitch from San Francisco is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. PT on SportsNet LA.

About Cody Bashore

Cody Bashore is a lifelong Dodger fan originally from Carpinteria, California (about 80 miles north of Dodger Stadium along the coast). He left California to attend Northern Arizona University in 2011, and has lived in Arizona full-time since he graduated in 2014 with a journalism degree.