There is nothing better for the game of baseball than a season in which the Dodgers and Giants are both fighting for playoff contention. And while the Dodgers have enjoyed plenty of sustained success over the past 8 years, it’s been a while since the Giants could say the same.
The 2021 season has been a different story, as both teams have been equally competitive and continue to fight for the division lead as they head into their final meeting of the year. Both teams have absolutely had their way with the rest of the league, but neither club has been able to gain the upper hand on the other. Let’s take a look at just how even their season matchups have been.
2021 Season Series Stats
- Total wins: Dodgers 9, Giants 9
- Total Runs: Dodgers 76, Giants 72
All games between these two teams are highly competitive, but this is as closely matched as it gets.
With Sunday night marking the final game between the two NL West Leaders, the winner will obviously take first place all to themselves. This is no small thing, but there is so much more at stake when these two teams face off for the 19th time this season.
There is an increasingly high possibility that these two teams continue to battle for the division lead until the very last day, and should they end the season with the same record, the winner of Sunday’s game will receive the tiebreaker. The last time we saw this was in 2018 when the Dodgers and Rockies ended the season tied for first place, but let’s go over what it means exactly.
If the two teams end the season with the same record, an additional game would need to be played to determine who wins the division. Since both teams are all but guaranteed to be playing in October, the loser would still make the playoffs, albeit in a win-or-go-home Wild Card game.
It would definitely be easier on Dodgers fans if the Dodgers were to run away with the division and make Sunday’s score irrelevant, but you can never take anything for granted in the game of baseball.