By Jon Weisman
Two games in the National League West separate the Dodgers and Giants, who each have 29 games remaining in the regular season — six against each other — and nearly identical schedules.
You have to search for the differences, and it’s debatable how meaningful they are:
- Los Angeles has one more road game overall, and three more road games against winning teams.
- San Francisco has one more game against winning teams, and that includes the remaining three games of their road series against the Cubs.
- Inside the division, the biggest difference is that the Dodgers have an extra series against the Diamondbacks, while the Giants get the Rockies.
- San Francisco has nine games remaining on a 10-game road trip, going from Chicago to Colorado and Arizona. The Dodgers begin a 10-game roadtrip of their own September 9, going from Miami to Yankee Stadium and then Arizona.
- In the final week, the Dodgers finish on the road at San Diego and San Francisco, while the Giants will host the Rockies and the Dodgers.
What else can I tell you?
- Now that Clayton Kershaw has a rehab assignment scheduled, Doug Padilla of ESPN.com tries to figure out when he might pitch for the Dodgers.
- At the Hardball Times, Adam Dorhauser has a massive piece aiming to contextualize Kershaw across generations.
- Corey Seager’s two-strike approach is just another aspect of what makes him great, as Cat Garcia writes at Baseball Prospectus.
- Related: For Dodger Insider magazine, Sarah Wexler wrote about the challenge for pitchers trying to get that third strike. You can read the full text at her online home, Dodgers Digest.
- Also related: Seager earned high praise from the player he is often compared to, Cal Ripken Jr., in the J.P. Hoornstra story for the Daily News.
- What makes Rich Hill’s curveball so special? August Fagerstrom of Fangraphs explains.
- Andrew Toles’ big sister Morgan gave the lowdown on the new Dodger folk hero to Andy McCullough of the Times.
- Walker Buelher, the Dodgers’ first draft pick in 2015, spoke to Curt Rallo for this MiLB.com article about his progress this year. Sample:
“There is something to be said about going to the same place and putting in this work that you can’t see results for five, six, seven months,” Buehler said. “It changes your perspective on a lot of things. You become more patient. You become more patient to trust processes. Not playing … I read more … there are little things that change how you look a stuff.”