We’re 134 games into the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants find themselves tied for the National League West lead with the best record in baseball. This weekend has in store the final meeting between these two rivals, at least in the regular season.
The Dodgers and Giants will play the first of three this Friday night.
One could choose to talk about momentum in this situation as the Dodgers are coming off a sweep of the Atlanta Braves and the Giants lost three out of four to the Brewers and their 2½-game lead on LA, but this series is too big for that.
You know the glass half empty, half full dilemma. Either team has an argument to be looking at their current situation in both ways.
An optimistic Giants fan can be confident that even with this minor skid their ball club still has a hold on first place and that a bounce back over the next three games is a rather likely scenario. After all, you can only keep a good team down for so long.
On the other hand, you could feel like the inevitable is happening right before your eyes and use the recent days as proof of that.
As for a Dodgers fan, it’s natural to bank on your recent success and momentum coming into the series to carry you to a ninth straight division title.
At the same time is it really realistic to expect that your ball club continues winning and the Giants losing to until the end of the week when both teams have performed to the tune of a .634 percentage.
All of this relates to perception coming into the series. The truth is that with somewhat rested bullpens, only Taylor Rogers for the Giants is coming off back-to-back days. Both teams begin play on Friday with the tools to make it happen.
David Price will try and maintain his adequate season that probably looks worse within the context of the Dodgers rotation, as he squares off against Anthony Desclafani who really struggled giving up seven runs over 8⅔ innings over back-to-back starts against LA at the end of July.
Teams: Dodgers (85-49) at Giants (85-49)
Location: Oracle Park, San Francisco
Time: 6:45 p.m.
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network (out of network)