Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants Renew Rivalry

5/7/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

April 29, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) reacts after striking out in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIREThe Los Angeles Dodgers got off to an extraordinary start to the season after the sale of the team was made final and Matt Kemp promised to deliver an epic season.  He has not disappointed thus far, posting a .388 batting average to go with 12 homeruns and 27 RBI in this young season.  A legitimate triple-crown threat every season, Kemp has led his squad to one of the top records in baseball, paired with his partner in crime, Andre Ethier who leads the team with 28 RBI.  Currently sitting in first place in the NL West, they have positioned themselves with a 4 game cushion over the San Francisco Giants who are mired with injuries, but hanging tough with a great pitching staff and an offense by committee with Pablo Sandoval, Freddy Sanchez and Aubrey Huff all dealing with different ailments. The biggest surprise this season for San Francisco has been the inconsistency of ace, Tim Lincecum who has struggled mightily out of the gate, giving up 12 runs in the 1st inning thus far this season while only giving up 8 all of last year.  

The Northern vs. Southern California rivalry has been a large part of baseball even before both teams resided on the West Coast. Formerly the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, these two franchises have been butting heads long before their relocation. This will mark the first time they have met this season, and it is always a special time for the fans. Especially because we are a year removed from the brutal beating of Brian Stow in the Dodger parking lot.  Fans can only hope that this year it will only be about baseball as violence between fans places a damper on an otherwise great American tradition. 

May 6, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) bats against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRETonight's matchup will feature Ted Lilly and Barry Zito squaring off on the mound.  While both pitchers feature an ERA below 2.00, Lilly has been far more consistent than Zito as of late. Lilly is fresh off of a strong 6 inning winning effort at Colorado while Zito only managed 3.2 innings while walking seven.  The Giants will need a special performance from Barry tonight as their offense is struggling to remain afloat without the big bat of Sandoval in the three spot. This game will set the tone for the remainder of the series as the Giants are trying to close the gap with their division rivals while the Dodgers will attempt to widen their margin in the competitive NL West.  The Giants have been involved in 11 straight games decided by three or fewer runs, and manager Bruce Bochy wouldn't have it any other way.  Even he is now used to the "torture" fans have since dubbed the Giants style of play:

"I guess you get used to it. It's our way.  It's been our way for a while. I've said this: It's a valuable experience for these guys to play games like this where every pitch, every play, every at-bat counts. They learn how to perform under pressure."
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5/8/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

ML31 wrote:
I don't think the Cubs and Braves were ever considered true rivals. 

You could perhaps be right about the Cubs and Cards...  It's just that I have been hearing about the Giants-Dodgers being the oldest all the time by the media.

as for the greatest rivalry, to many to get into and it depends on people's view.

Which is why I said "arguably."

Right I know you said "Arguably"  it is why I said there is to many to and depends on people's view. I cannot say it is or it is not the greatest....

5/8/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

scquwi1 wrote:
I think the Cubs-Braves have an older rivalry, starting in 1870s, and even the Cardinals-Cubs rivalry started in the early to mid 1880s. The Giants and Dodgers did not play each other till 1889 when the Giants of the NL beat the Bridegrooms of the AA in the World Series. Then in 1890 the "Dodgers" entered the NL... as for the greatest rivalry, to many to get into and it depends on people's view.

I don't think the Cubs and Braves were ever considered true rivals. 

You could perhaps be right about the Cubs and Cards...  It's just that I have been hearing about the Giants-Dodgers being the oldest all the time by the media.

as for the greatest rivalry, to many to get into and it depends on people's view.

Which is why I said "arguably."

5/8/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

ML31 wrote:
The oldest rivalry in baseball and arguably the greatest rivalry in sports....

I think the Cubs-Braves have an older rivalry, starting in 1870s, and even the Cardinals-Cubs rivalry started in the early to mid 1880s. The Giants and Dodgers did not play each other till 1889 when the Giants of the NL beat the Bridegrooms of the AA in the World Series. Then in 1890 the "Dodgers" entered the NL... as for the greatest rivalry, to many to get into and it depends on people's view.

5/7/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

The oldest rivalry in baseball and arguably the greatest rivalry in sports....