Starting today, the Dodgers will be facing the overall best team in the MLB at the moment. That’s right, once again there will be a Dodgers vs. Giants series. With everything that the Dodgers have been through in the month of May, they will have to put their all into these upcoming games.
For many fans, it seems surprising to watch the Giants find their way to the top, so let’s talk about it.
The starting rotation has been exceptional for the Giants. In fact, with a 2.56 ERA, it’s been the best in baseball. Right-hander Kevin Gausman, the ace for San Fransisco has had an incredible year so far. Gausman has had an ERA of 1.66 throughout 59.2 innings pitched. It’s safe to say that those numbers will help any team win.
Luckily, the Dodgers will miss Gausman in this series. But the same can’t be said for former Dodger Alex Wood.
Woody has been lights out in 2021 with an ERA of 1.75 through 36 innings pitched. The left-hander was, of course, part of the Dodgers’ success in the postseason last year and picked up key innings in the World Series.
In addition to the Giants rotation is reliever Tyler Rodgers, who has an ERA of 0.73 throughout his last 24 innings pitched. Granted as a reliever he does not often pitch more than one inning.
Moving onto the Giants lineup, a resurgent Buster Posey has been seeing the ball very well. With his batting average of .362, he’s one of the better hitters in the game in 2021. The long-time Giant star is proving that even after years of injuries, he still has a lot in him. Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria are also providing timely hitting and run production for a San Fransisco offense that is fourth in the National League in OPS.
The Giants are hot and it does not look like they plan on cooling off anytime soon. The Dodgers pitching is going to have to come in clutch this weekend. The Giants batters will do anything they can to get on base.
These are all going to be things the Dodgers will need to prepare for. Not only will the Dodgers defense need to be at the top of its game, but the Dodgers pitching rotation is going to have to get the best of these batters.
All in all, there is a reason the Giants are doing so well and it is crucial that the Dodgers do everything they can to be one step ahead of them.