The Dodgers-Giants rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants is one of the oldest and most intense in American baseball. Some observers even consider it the greatest rivalry in sports history. The rivalry between the two teams has been around for over a century, and it is still as strong as ever.
During the 2021 season, the Giants won the National League West, snapping the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-year division title streak. In addition, they had the best record in the National League, which meant that they would face the winner of the NL Wild Card Game. However, in the first game of the 2021 postseason, the Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a walk-off game, making it the Dodgers’ first postseason match-up with the Giants.
The rivalry between the Dodgers and Giants was based more on racial differences than on their baseball abilities. The Giants were seen as the well-heeled elitists of Manhattan, whereas the Dodgers were seen as working class, especially among the Latino community in Brooklyn. In fact, the Dodgers had more Latino fans than the Giants.
The Dodgers and Giants have played more games than any other team in the history of the National League. During the regular season, the Dodgers won 613 games to the Giants’ 721. Since then, the two teams have split eight World Series championships. With a 1-1 tie in the 2021 postseason, the Dodgers and Giants will meet again in the World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have a long-standing rivalry dating back to the 1800s. To tell the story of this rivalry would require volumes of text. The most famous moments include the 1951 “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” and Clayton Kershaw’s career 1.88 ERA against his rivals.
The Giants won the 1951 National League pennant in a tiebreaker series and repeated that feat in 1962. The Los Angeles Giants won the National League Division Series, and are in the postseason for the fifth time. This means they are on their way to winning their first World Series since 1921.
The Giants are a good team against left-handed pitching. However, they have never beaten the Dodgers on the road this season. Wood is 4-4 on the road this year with a 4.41 ERA. In addition to Wood’s poor road record, the Giants were also more successful against left-handed pitching in the regular season. That means Bellinger should reap the benefits of Los Angeles pitching against lefties.
The Giants and Dodgers both play in energetic venues. They play home games at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Oracle Park in San Francisco. They are also regular opponents, and play against each other in the postseason.