Giants Or Dodgers? Game 5's Winner Will Be In The World Series Driver's Seat.

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This year's San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers division series was billed as a historic clash of dominant regular-season teams, with the two clubs combini…
This year's San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers division series was billed as a historic clash of dominant regular-season teams, with the two clubs combining to win a record 213 games over the preceding six months. By and large, it has lived up to that expectation: Every win by the perhaps-still-underrated Giants has been followed by a series-tying statement from the Dodgers, leading us to Thursday's all-or-nothing Game 5.

The immediate stakes of the contest are clear. A win for L.A. would propel it into a rematch of last year's NLCS with the Atlanta Braves, which the Dodgers won (while erasing a 3-1 deficit) en route to 2020's championship. A win for San Francisco would put it on the brink of returning to the World Series, bringing one of the game's most unusual dynasties to perhaps its most unexpected chapter yet.

The symbolic stakes might be just as high. Giants-versus-Dodgers is one of the sport's oldest and greatest rivalries, with 2,539 matchups spanning over 130 years of history. And this season's battle felt especially personal. Even if it took them 168 games to do it, a Dodger victory would be the culmination of Los Angeles's seasonlong bid to hunt down its bitter rival to the north, restoring the pecking order we all assumed would exist between the teams before the season started. For San Francisco, a victory would be one final confirmation of exactly who owned the rivalry, the division and maybe the entire league this season — expert picks and 106 Dodger wins be damned. Plus, spoiling Los…
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