San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Position-by-Position Breakdown
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If you’be been keeping count, the Giants are up 4-3 after the first seven categories. The bullpen could be deciding factor between these two teams.
If we look at stats from 2016 again, the Dodgers had the best bullpen in the National League with a 3.35 ERA. Meanwhile, the Giants were ninth with a 3.65 ERA.
Obviously the Giants have tried their best to improve that area this offseason. They acquired Mark Melancon to become their closer. But I’m not sure they did enough to surpass the Dodgers.
Los Angeles also forked out some big bucks this offseason to secure their closer role. They resigned Kenley Jansen for 5 years and $80 million.
I think the guys behind each teams respective closer is pretty similar. However, I have to give the edge to the Dodgers in this category.
The Dodgers bullpen won’t be as good this year as it was last year, but I’m not sure the Giants did enough to catch them.
So after looking at eight different position categories, we have a 4-4 tie. We all know there can’t be ties in baseball, so I give the Giants the overall advantage because they have the advantage in all three outfield positions.
After looking at each position category it’s really interesting to see how closely matched these two teams are.
The only obvious choice was at catcher, and it’s hard to compete with Buster Posey.
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This will another great battle in the NL West this year, and I can’t wait to see the Giants come out on top this time.