The Dodgers and Giants are set to kick off a 2-game series tonight in Los Angeles. This series might be short, but it’s pretty important given the small gap between the 2 teams in the National League West.
The Giants enter the series as the surprise team in MLB with 50 wins and just 27 losses. They’ve been able to get the most out of their veterans and some of their young guys have also stepped up. The Dodgers get to send out Trevor Bauer in game 1 to face off against Anthony DeSclafani.
The last time Bauer faced off against the Giants, it was quite the show. He punched out 11 batters through 6.1 innings of work and threw 126 pithes. As the Dodgers pitcher walked off of the mound in San Francisco, he put his hand to his ear and egged on Giants fans.
This time around, Bauer has just 1 message he wants to send to the Giants. He talked about the upcoming series with am570’s David Vassegh over the weekend.
I don’t think there’s a message that needs to be sent or not. The best message you can send is to just beat them, win the game. That’s really where my mindset is at. I want to get prepared and get focused on their hitters and what I need to do to get them out. Coming off of what did I do last time and understand they’re going to be making some adjustments to that as well.
The Dodgers picking up 2 more games in the West would be huge for this series. After the Giants, they head out to DC to take on the Nationals for 4 games before heading down to Miami for a 4-game set against the Marlins.
But the focus for the moment is on the Giants, who have taken 3 of 7 games from the Dodgers this year. It should be a fun mini-series out in Los Angeles this week.