The age-old rivalry between the San Fransisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers continues tonight in the Major League Baseball divisional playoffs. These franchises are two of the most storied franchises in league history and their bitter rivalry extends all the way back to the late 1800s.
One of the most exciting parts of the rivalry is the wealth of all-time great players these teams have had. From Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, Christy Mathewson, Barry Bonds, Buster Posey, and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants, to Duke Snider, Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Don Drysdale, Tommy Lasorda, Orel Hershiser, Mike Piazza, and Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers. The fact that all these players are Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers is what makes this rivalry that much more exciting and worth watching.
The current editions of these teams have not disappointed, however. They both have 100 wins and have some all-time great players on each squad. The Dodgers have pitcher Clayton Kershaw who has had one of the best pitching careers anyone has ever seen. He has a career-earned run average (ERA) of 2.49 and has consistently been their best pitcher.
They also have pitcher Max Scherzer who has had a Hall of Fame career also. He has a 2.46 ERA for the season with 15 wins. They also have great hitters in Mookie Betts, Corey Seager; last season’s World Series MVP, and Trae Turner. The Giants have great hitters in Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Kris Bryant, and Wilmer Flores. The Giants have a wonderful pitcher in Logan Webb who has a 3.03 ERA and 11 wins. So all these factors add up to make this series a must watch.
Article by: Chris Steele, iHearts143Quotes Team member