The Best Rivalry on the West Coast goes head-to-head in the playoffs for the first time in MLB History.
Not only is the Dodgers-Giants one of baseball’s best and most historic rivalries, but this is also the first time a pair of teams with at least 106 regular-season wins are squaring off in the postseason. There have only been 23 106-win teams in baseball history. The Dodgers are the first ever to be in that group and not end the season in the first place. It’s also the first time that these division rivals will face off in the postseason.
How to watch
Date: Friday, Oct. 8 | Time: 9:37 p.m. ET
Location: Oracle Park (San Francisco, Calif.)
TV: TBS Stream: TBS.com
Odds: LAD -115; SF +105; O/U: 7 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Starting pitchers: Walker Buehler & Logan Webb
We’re talking about a rivalry that faced off 19 times in the regular season. The Giants won the season series 10-9 but the Dodgers outscored them 80-78. These two teams were as close to evenly matched as it gets this year. Then again, only one came into the season as a clear World Series contender. The other is an out-of-nowhere success story.
Why The Giants Will Win The Series
The Giants came out of nowhere this year and won 107 games. They have nothing to lose except for that record. At the beginning of the 2010s, the Giants won three World Series in the even years: 2010, 2012, 2014… Could the 2020s be different? Could they win in the odd years?
In the National League Wild Card, the Dodgers were only able to get 2 runs off of the Red Hot St Louis Cardinals. They needed Chris Taylor to walk off the Cardinals.
Buster Posey has resurged his career this season, hitting .304 with 18 Homeruns. The most homers he has had since 2015, and his highest batting average since 2017
Why The Dodgers Will Win The Series
The reigning World Series champs know what it takes to get to the World Series. They have momentum coming into the series. In his next start, Max Scherzer will be looking to a start that is not the Scherzer we all know. He threw 94 pitches to go 4.1 innings.
With most of the Dodgers roster having the experience from last year and the additions of Scherzer and Trea Turner, they should be deep enough to beat the Giants.
National League Division Series Details
Game 1: Friday, 6:37 p.m. PT, Oracle Park
Game 2: Saturday, 6:07 p.m. PT, Oracle Park
Game 3: Monday, 6:37 p.m. PT, Dodger Stadium
Game 4: Tuesday, 6:07 p.m. PT, Dodger Stadium (if necessary)
Game 5: Thursday, 6:07 p.m. PT, Oracle Park (if necessary)
Dave Roberts looks to guide the Dodgers back to their fourth World Series appearance since he took over as manager in 2016 and their second straight Championship. Across the diamond will be the guy Roberts beat out for the Dodgers job in 2016, Giants’ manager Gabe Kapler. In his, just his second year with San Francisco Kapler helped push the Giants to their first 100-win season since 2003.
This could be a very heated NLDS.
You can take a look at the rivalry here.
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