Dodgers vs. Giants

Best Rivalry

National League West

April 03, 2005|By PETER SCHMUCK

No-brainer here. The Dodgers and Giants are the National League equivalent of the Red Sox and Yankees, though baseball's other great historical rivalry just doesn't seem as intense on the laid-back Left Coast.

Los Angeles is coming off a division title in 2004, and it is starting to look like it might be the dominant team in the division for the foreseeable future. Never mind that owner Frank McCourt is so leveraged that the Dodgers may have to depend more heavily on their minor league system than other teams in the division, because they have the organizational depth to get away with it.

Who knows what is going to happen in San Francisco, where the aging Giants just learned they would be without Barry Bonds for at least half the season? It probably won't be pretty, but the rivalry with the Dodgers still is very much alive. - Peter Schmuck

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