The Dodgers and Giants start a huge 4-game series tonight in Lo s Angeles. With just 1.5 games between the 2 teams in the NL West, this week could prove to be very important in deciding the order of the standings.
On the year, the Dodgers carry a 6-3 record against the Giants. But San Francisco also carries the best record in Major League Baseball in 2021 so far. Obviously, both teams want to win these games, but players don’t seem to place any more value on them.
When asked about the upcoming series with the NL West rivals, Dodgers catcher Will Smith admitted the games were big. But he also didn’t think they were bigger than any of the games they had previously played.
We’re playing the team that’s in first place in the division tomorrow so that’s always big. But I don’t think these 10 games are any bigger than the last 70, 75 — however many we have left.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts could only say that it was important to play good baseball. With the defensive miscues and lapses in judgment on the field recently, Los Angeles needed to have a clean series.
It’s important just to play good baseball. Those guys have had a really nice year. I think it comes down to pitching, timely hitting and playing good defense. That’s the formula. When you’re playing a team you’re chasing, it’s important to win those games.
Both teams might say that these 4 games aren’t more important, but they’re tough to overlook. The Dodgers and Giants will play a total of 7 times over the next 10 games. After that, they won’t play until the beginning of September.
Things could be heating up this week in LA.