Apr 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (8) shakes hands with San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) before the game at Dodger Stadium. Giants won 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Since 2008, the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers have won six of the last seven NL West Division Championships, including three in a row. As the Giants creep closer and closer to the Dodgers, it is almost inevitable that this streak will continue. Without a doubt, these bitter rivals have proven to be the teams to beat in the NL West for quite some time now.
As for head-to-head match-ups, San Francisco has been dominant this year as they have beaten their foes from down south in nine of the 12 games this season and have outscored the Dodgers 47-39. In those 12 games, San Francisco pitchers have a combined ERA of just 3.31 , and their lineup has hit .257 with eight home runs.
A lot has changed since they last faced each other back in the middle of June as the Giants have added Mike Leake, while the Dodgers have added Matt Latos, Jim Johnson, Alberto Callaspo, Alex Wood, and others. To put an exclamation point on their mid-season transactions, Los Angeles officially acquired Chase Utley Wednesday in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.
But, who’s better this year? Which team has the advantage? Who will take the NL West crown once again?
Lets take a look and compare each player position-by-position to figure out who truly is the better team.
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