More Thoughts on Giants vs. Dodgers Series, NL West Divisional Race

Over the last couple of days, the Dodgers on multiple occasions were an inning away from moving into first place in the NL West. After losing three out of four games to the first-place San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles now stands three games out first. Even though the Dodgers are still 20 games above .500 with all their injuries, the fans still expect more with all the team’s talent.

Kenley Jansen has blown three consecutive saves and unfortunately has received quite a few boos at Chavez Ravine the past couple of days. A string of a few bad games has overshadowed the good year he’s had so far.

A wild ninth inning on Thursday gave the Giants a 5-3 win, providing San Francisco with a huge momentum swing. Although the two teams meet next week in a three-week series in San Francisco, the Dodgers will have to put together the pieces before it’s too late.

You really can’t do anything regarding the injuries, but perhaps adding some talent to the clubhouse can change that. For those fans not confident in Jansen, I’d like to know whether they’d consider trading for Craig Kimbrel, who is having a career year and is expected to be on the trading block. Other options could be the Pirates’ Richard Rodriguez or old nemesis Ian Kennedy from the Kansas City Royals.

Overall, the main problem the Dodgers need to address is adding starting pitcher depth, as injuries have decimated the starting rotation. Some position players after coming back from injury are not getting their mojo back. Cody Bellinger has struggled tremendously this year. Over his last 20 games he’s 5-for-69.

The NL West is going to be one huge dog fight the rest of the way. Many wondered how long the Giants could keep up their good baseball. It looks like they’re here to stay. The Dodgers can very easily erase the bad memories from this week’s series if they take care of business next week in San Francisco.

However, this may very well turn out to be the hardest divisional race the Dodgers have had in the past eight years. At the end of the season, it is quite likely the Dodgers will be in the playoffs, but they’d obviously prefer to be divisional champs to avoid the dreaded Wild Card round.

Next week’s series against the Giants may be the most important one of the year. If the Dodgers do not take care of business then, it might mean the Giants eventually capture the division.

Before the Dodgers meet the Giants, they will have to take care of the Rockies who come to town for a three-game series beginning Friday. Pitching matchups for the series are righty Chi Chi Gonzalez vs. David Price, left-hander Kyle Freeland vs. Tony Gonsolin, and righty Jon Gray vs. Josiah Gray.

The two teams last met right after the All-Star Break with the Dodgers taking two out of three and being an inning away from a sweep.

The first pitch for Friday’s opener is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

Dodgers Face Rockies at Coors Field to Open Second Half

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The Los Angels Dodgers will begin their second half of the season Friday on the road against the Colorado Rockies, the same opponent which they faced in the season opener.

 Friday will be beginning of a 16-game stretch when the Dodgers will only play divisional opponents. This stretch will encompass the remainder of July. They won’t face a non division opponent until August 3 when they host the Houston Astros. 

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Dodgers Prepare for Home Series Against Rockies

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Here we are still during the first month of the season and there are only three teams that have not lost a series. The Dodgers are one of those teams, along with crosstown rivals the Angels and the Royals.

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4 Things We Learned from Dodgers’ Opening Series Against Rockies

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No doubt, Colorado must be one of the most unideal venues to open a season for a visiting club, particularly from the sense that anything possible can happen at any given point in time, often being reflected in a game’s outcome.

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Dodger Stadium Tickets Go on Sale, Game 2 Preview at Colorado

After dropping a bizarre game on Opening Day to the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers are still looking to grab their first win of the season heading into the weekend. One of the best things about baseball is that right after a loss, a team gets to go back out there the next day with a fresh start, especially this early in the season.

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Dodgers Lose Season Opener in Wild and Crazy Game at Coors Field

Games at Coors Field never fail to disappoint in providing some sort of weirdness or treachery, and the first game of the season certainly didn’t let fans down in that department.

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Preview: Dodgers Head to Colorado for 2021 Opening Series

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Writing a preview for the very first series of the season is always tough because there’s absolutely zero momentum to analyze from either side. However, based on how things went for the Dodgers throughout the winter, one would think that Los Angeles has a clear advantage over a far less-talented Rockies squad, despite having to play on the road.

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What the Nolan Arenado Trade Means for Dodgers and NL West

It’s a day of celebration for the Los Angeles Dodgers anytime a division rival trades away a premier player, and the Nolan Arenado deal is going to have repercussions within the NL West for years to come.

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Key Takeaways from Dodgers and Padres Series; Preview of Upcoming Rockies Series

Well, it wasn’t necessarily pretty or polished, but the Dodgers did what needed to be done against the San Diego Padres, taking two game out of three and re-extending their lead in the NL West. The Dodgers now lead the division by 3.5 games with 10 games to go in the regular season.

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Gavin Lux to Make Dodgers Debut

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September has finally come. (Hopefully) gone are the days of the Dodgers and their mediocre and seemingly uninspired ways. Late August is usually not kind to the Dodgers, but it’s time to move on and gear up for the playoffs.

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