Time is running out for the Dodgers to win their 9th consecutive NL West title. Chasing the Giants by 2 games in the division, a lot would have to go wrong for San Francisco in order for LA to catch them. But there does seem to be an opportunity tonight.
The Dodgers will play the Padres in the final game of their series, but the Giants take on an old friend. Madison Bumgarner will go for the DBacks against San Francisco up in the Bay Area. It will be the first time he has thrown against them since the Giants came to Arizona in August.
But it leaves Dodgers fans in a weird spot. Mad Bum has long been the face of the rivalry with our northern counterparts, but he’s out in Arizona now. So while the bitterness is no doubt still there, fans in Los Angeles are going to actively root for Madison Bumgarner to win a game.
MadBum isn’t nearly the same pitcher that he was when he was with the Giants. Dodgers fans remember him as the guy that they hated facing, and with good reason. But his mediocre 4.58 ERA and low strikeout numbers are not the same guy.
But hopefully, the motivation of facing his old team will be enough. If the Dodgers can get within a game, they have a very good chance of forcing a Game 163 against the Giants. And that will heavily play into their favor.
Go MadBum, go DBacks.