The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are battling it out for the National League West Division championship going into the seasons’ final two months. What could be better than that for California baseball fans? These two long time bitter rivals history goes back to more than a century ago when both shared New York City as their home. Both left the Big Apple for California at about the same time in the late 1950s and both were contenders at the time. So the Northern Cal- Southern Cal rivalry picked up where the NYC rivalry left off.
The Dodgers are loaded with talent as they have gone out and spent money to get to the World Series. They now have a payroll that makes the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox look like penny-pinchers. But the Dodgers have still not seen a World Series since 1988. With the Giants winning three of the last five, they have a lot of pressure to bring the Fall Classic to Dodger Stadium.
The Los Angeles Dodgers schedule begins with their crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Angles at Dodger Stadium. Then they will leave for Pennsylvania for a week where they will face the red hot Philadelphia Phillies for three games and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a huge series for both teams from August 4-9.
The Dodgers will then return to Dodger Stadium for Bryce Harper and the East Division leading Washington Nationals for three games August 10-12. The Cincinnati Reds then come in for four games August 13-16.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers August schedule then continues with a long road trip that will start with two games with the Oakland A’s, three games at the Houston Astros, who are in the race for the American League West championship and then at the Reds from August 25-27. The month ends with a home stand with much importance as the Chicago Cubs visit for three games August 28-10.
The Los Angeles Dodgers September schedule could not begin much larger as the Giants come to Dodger Stadium from August 31 through September 2. The Dodgers will then go on the road, but not too far as they will face the San Diego Padres for four games and the Angels for three before traveling to face the Diamondbacks for three from September 3-13.
They will then return to Dodger Stadium to face the Colorado Rockies for three games September 14-16 and the Pirates from the 18th through the 20th before finishing the home stand with four games against the D-Backs from the 21st through the 24th.
The Los Angeles Dodgers September/October schedule ends with a road trip to face the Rockies for three games and the Giants for what should be a really huge four game series before ending the regular season October 2-14 with three games at Dodger Stadium against the Padres.
The Dodgers begin August with a tenuous 1.5 game lead in the National League West and an ailing Clayton Kershaw. But if he can get healthy and teamed with a very tough Zach Greinke, they should be in it all the way to the end of the season. So every one of these series will be tension filled, on the edge of your seat, baseball. So get ready!
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