The Los Angeles Dodgers sit atop the National League West by one game over the San Francisco Giants after the first half of the 2014 season.
The NL West has been a two team race so far this season and looks to stay that way for the remainder of the year with the rest of the teams struggling to reach .500. The San Diego Padres sit uncomfortably in third place, boasting a 41-54 record and sit 12 games back from first place. The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks are 13 and 13.5 games back, respectively.
But that did not stop Diamondbacks’ catcher Miguel Montero from commenting on the potential pennant race in the West.
Montero, who has had problems with the Dodgers over the years, threw out a prediction of his own to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles:
I don’t know. I really like the Giants a little better than the Dodgers.”
Montero was a contributor to the June 2013 brawl at Dodger Stadium. He also has had incidents with Yasiel Puig in the past. Despite the problems, the catcher attributed his preference of team to his admiration for Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants’ style of play.
They kind of respect the game. They go out there and play the game really hard,” Montero said of the Giants, before gesturing in the direction of some Dodgers’ All-Star game lockers. “These guys, too… They’ve got a great pitching staff. One to five, you can’t go wrong and they’ve got a really good offense. I don’t know, I just like the Giants better, just me personally. They’re a sneaky team, quieter.”
The Dodgers will face the Giants on July 25 at AT&T Park for a three-game series. Manager Don Mattingly strategically scheduled Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Zack Greinke to face their rivals in the upcoming series. The Dodgers will revisit AT&T Park in mid-September for another three-game series, then host the Giants in late-September with another three-game series.
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