Rivalry Continues: San Francisco Giants return to Los Angeles

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Apr 18, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting Matt Cain (18) throws during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The road trip continues for the San Francisco Giants, heading to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. The road trip has been bittersweet thus far. It started perfectly, sweeping the Atlanta Braves in three games. The Giants then headed to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates for three, despite winning game one, the Giants dropped the second and rubber match of the series consequently losing the series, 2-1.

Every game in the baseball calendar is equally important, well, expect those against the Dodgers. Not only do the Dodgers represent the Giants’ biggest rival, San Francisco and Los Angeles are currently both battling it out, alongside the Rockies, for top spot in the National League West.

Things are looking good for the Giants. Typically, the Giants play their best in the West, whereas the Dodgers struggle in the West. The rivals have locked horns for two series’ thus far; over six games the Giants have won four, the Dodgers only winning two.

The Dodgers (19-16) are coming off a tough series in the capital against the Nationals. They currently trail the Giants (21-13) by two and a half games. The early success can’t be taken for granted, with Clayton Kershaw returning to the rotation, the Dodgers are back at their best. Second baseman, Dee Gordon, and his speed, are a real threat to contend with too.

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