SF Giants-LA Dodgers NLDS series, a preview of what’s to come

SAN FRANCISCO — The storied rivalry between the Giants and Dodgers reached a new high when 24-year-old right-handed Logan Webb took the NLDS debut at Oracle Park last Friday.

For the dramatic pennant races and division wars that ensued over the years between the Giants and Dodgers, the two clubs had never met in the playoffs in the modern era. MLB’s previous postseason formats prevented a matchup from happening before 1995, but despite the creation of a wild card hotbed and eventual wild card game, the rivals somehow avoided each other in a mid-October series.

The 2021 NLDS, which ended in a winner-takes-all game at Oracle Park on Thursday, has been considered an anomaly – and rightly so – but given how well positioned both teams are for future success, this could be the best-five series of the year. . becomes the new norm.

The Giants enjoyed the first half of the 2010s with a dynasty that brought Market Street three World Series championship parades, but the Dodgers regained control of the National League West with the 2013 division title and went on to win seven consecutive division crowns before. Lifting trophies in 2020.

When pitchers and catchers reported spring training in February, the Dodgers were expected to eventually face serious competition for an NL West title, but it was the Padres, not the Giants, who needed to deliver it. A San Francisco club expected to win anywhere from 72 to 77 by predictors and punters stunned the rest of the league with a record 107 wins.

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