With many surging divisional opponents throughout the years such as the Padres and Diamondbacks, there’s been a developing idea of whether there’s a rivalry growing between them and the Dodgers.
While the top dog has been the Dodgers for nearly the past decade, other teams may think the common enemy is a rivalry.
But the biggest rival of the Dodgers still is the San Francisco Giants. No matter how well one team can be playing, the games between these two teams are always great. Finally, the two sides are set to meet for the first time this season. They will begin a three-game series tonight in San Francisco and will meet again next week for a four-game series in Los Angeles.
For the benefit of the rivalry this year, both teams have among the best records of the MLB. The Giants have the best record in the major leagues at the moment at 28-16, as they sit in first place of the NL West Division with the Padres one game behind and the Dodgers two games behind. The Giants have been quite the surprise this year. Not many expected them to be competitive for the most part, let alone be among the best teams in the league.
If continued at the same pace, the three-headed race atop the NL West will be a fun one as the season narrows down. Both teams enter the series on a winning streak. The Giants carry a five-game winning streak, while the Dodgers carry a four-game winning streak. They both are coming off a four-game series sweep, with the Giants sweeping the Reds and the Dodgers sweeping the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers are coming off a great homestand in which they went 8-1, a much-needed change of scenery after a rough road trip.
Even though the Dodgers are nowhere near full strength, the new acquisitions of Albert Pujols and Yoshi Tsutsugo have provided a nice spark in games. Pujols hit his first home run as a Dodger Thursday night in a 3-2 win against the Diamondbacks.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts recently said that outfielder Cody Bellinger and utility man Zach McKinstry are set to begin their respective Triple-A rehab assignments on Friday. It has been quite some time since we saw those two.
The pitching matchup to start the weekend series will be Trevor Bauer against old friend Alex Wood. Bauer was pushed back from his original start date, which was originally Thursday. In his last start against the Marlins, he was great, pitching seven shutout innings and striking out ten while only allowing two hits. So far this season he’s posted a 4-2 record and a 2.20 ERA.
The lefty Wood is having quite the successful 2021 campaign with a 5-0 record and a 1.75 ERA. Wood was hurt the majority of last year with the Dodgers, but he did have some crucial innings pitched in relief during the postseason.
Set to follow on Saturday for the Dodgers is Walker Buehler, while the Giants have not announced a starter.
These two pitching rotations are among the best in the whole league, so if you’re a fan of pitching you’re in for a treat.
The Giants scored 19 runs against the Reds on Thursday afternoon and 33 for the entire series.
In a perfect world, the Dodgers would be in first place in the division by the end of Sunday, but we will see what happens.
The first pitch for Friday’s opener is scheduled at 6:45 p.m. Pacific.