Heading into Sunday’s series finale, the Giants have won 1,194 of the 2,361 games in the all-time series. The Dodgers have taken 1,167. In their 123 years of intra-league competition, the Giants have finished with a better record at seasons-end 64 times. The Dodgers, 59 times. The Giants own 22 National League pennants. The Dodgers have 21.
Recent accounts also support the slight edge towards the G-Men. Last year, the Giants swept the Dodgers in June, and swept them again in August en route to a 10-4 record against the Dodgers since last year’s all-star break. The Giants have also won twice as many World Series championships than the Dodgers since 1988 and have finished above the Dodgers each of the past three seasons.
Now that the Yankees are fielding a team of has-beens and the Red Sox are rebuilding from the ground up; the Cubs are non-contenders and the Cardinals probably don’t care about the Cubs; this Dodgers-Giants match up should be the most intriguing in baseball.
Matt Kemp should be jacking home runs and stealing bases on a weekly basis, Matt Cain should shut down any team’s roster, and both teams should be winning ballgames deep into October.
In the meantime, the Dodgers are going to have to win a few games this summer to even things out. Their neighbors to the north hold all the active bragging rights, but history shows us that the tides will soon turn again.
By Zuri Irvin@zurirvin