Dodgers: Wind looks insane ahead of NLDS Game 3 vs Giants

Adam Weinrib
Oct 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; General view of batting practice before the Los Angeles Dodgers play against the San Francisco Giants in game three of the 2021 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; General view of batting practice before the Los Angeles Dodgers play against the San Francisco Giants in game three of the 2021 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Let the games begin at Dodger Stadium! We’re talking, of course, about the game within a game that pits the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants against the forces of nature.

As first pitch approached on Monday night and Mad Max Scherzer got ready to bear the brunt of the Giants lineup, the conditions looked less than ideal for Los Angeles.

In fact, they looked much more like what you’d expect in San Francisco.

That sound you hear is 55,000 Dodgers fans crossing their fingers their ace wouldn’t be erratic from the jump, and San Fran’s players wouldn’t feel strangely at home.

About 20 minutes before first pitch, we were left with 15 MPH winds and a tornado of debris, kicked up from all corners of the stadium. The conditions are dry. The bizarre northeast wins are blowing.

And, in case it wasn’t clear things were strange, Scherzer got literally blown off the mound before his fourth pitch of the game.

The Dodgers and Giants are battling wind before NLDS Game 3.

Not sure if Plaschke is exaggerating or not, but…he’s seen plenty of Dodgers games over the course of his long career. Feel free to weigh in if you’re at the game, fans!

Thankfully, Bill Shaikin’s analysis went beyond, “Damn, this is weird!” The Los Angeles Times writer assessed the situation, determining the conditions gave the Giants a distinct advantage, thanks to the overloaded left-handed lineup they put out against Scherzer.

Highly unpleasant thoughts currently leaking into our pregame analysis. Make it stop.

Want to see something else you’ve never seen before? Here’s the left-field foul pole, gyrating as if it’s about to topple over into the bleachers!

Irrationally, this is among the craziest things we’ve ever seen at Chavez Ravine.

We’re not saying the wind is going to be the determining factor in this game. We’re not saying Scherzer is overmatched by the incoming tornado.

But as the bulldog continues to yank pitches inside to every lefty he faces…don’t say we didn’t warn you. This is downright Candlestick-ian.

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