With only 16 games remaining on their regular season schedule, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have ample opportunity to become reacquainted with the San Francisco Giants.
The two teams last met shortly after the All-Star break when the Dodgers swept the Giants at AT&T Park. Friday marks the first of six games the Dodgers and Giants will play with the National League West largely up for grabs.
The storied rivalry has had plenty of historic games, tense moments and on Thursday, Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong added to the anticipation that’s built up for the weekend series. According to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon, Vogelsong told a radio station he believes the Giants are better than the Dodgers:
Ryan Vogelsong on KNBR radio in the Bay Area Thursday, speaking of the #Dodgers: "“I think we're better than them."
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) September 12, 2014
Vogelsong is 0-1 in four starts against the Dodgers this season, however the Giants won the three games he took home a no-decision in. He’s also the pitcher who struck Hanley Ramirez on his hand during an April game this season.
While the Dodgers swept the most recent series played, they Giants hold the edge by one game in the season series.
The veteran right-hander won’t have the opportunity to personally support his remarks as he won’t take the mound in any of the three games. Vogelsong also isn’t scheduled to start any of the three games at Dodger Stadium from Sept. 22-24.
Play begins Friday with the Dodgers holding a two-game lead over the Giants in the NL West standings. Best case scenario for the Boys in Blue is they walk away with a five-game lead and only 13 games remaining.
Should the Dodgers get swept, it would only drop them one game behind the Giants, however the losses would be magnified given manager Don Mattingly aligned the starting rotation so Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw would all take the ball.
The trio has a combined 46-17 record this season and colletively are 19-8 in their respective careers against the Giants.
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