How Many Times Have the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers Met in MLB Playoffs?

Published 10/07/2021, 12:02 PM EDT
Oct 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50), shortstop Corey Seager (5) and first baseman Matt Beaty (45) score on a grand slam home run by shortstop Trea Turner (6) in the fifth inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


One of the greatest rivalries in baseball history will reignite itself when the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers go head-to-head. Notably, their rivalry dates back to the 19th century, and a lot has changed since then, except the hate for each other and the heat in between.

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On Friday, the two feisty rivals will take on each other for National League Division series. They share a long-standing conflict but haven’t faced each other on the field often, especially in the playoffs.

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San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers first play-offs

The rivalry between San Francisco Giants and LA Dodgers started in the 19th century, when both the teams were based in New York. Back then, the LA Dodgers were popularly known as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, and the Giants were called as New York Giants.

Sharing the same city often raised tension between the two teams. The Brooklyn Bridegrooms (Dodgers) met Giants in the first world series play-offs in 1889. Notably, the Giants triumphed over the Bridegrooms by 6-3 then.

In the early years, the team, managers, owners, and fans have often been involved in purposeful, aggressive, and physical violence. However, eventually, both the teams moved out of New York. Since then, the Giants became San Francisco Giants, and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms became the LA Dodgers.

Oct 3, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants players and coaches pose for a group photo as they celebrate their 11-4 victory over the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. The Giants clinched the National League West Division with the win. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

However, since then, the rivals have never faced each other in the play-offs. 2021 season will be a historical meet for the two teams, as they will step onto the mound, eager to draw first blood.

Missed each other in the playoff by a whisker in the past

Giants and Dodgers have come close to meeting each other in the playoffs before but always missed out on the opportunity. In 2014, Dodgers made their way to the postseason as NL West champions, and the Giants came as the wild card entrant. However, while Giants made their way forward, Dodgers lost the division series to St. Louis Cardinals.

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In 2016, history again repeated itself, but this time, the Giants were defeated by the Chicago Cubs.

Aug 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder AJ Pollock (11) right fielder Chris Taylor (3) center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) and the Dodgers celebrate the 4-1 victory against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

They will now finally meet in post-season for the first time as LA Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, notably, not just in one match but in a series of five, giving fans a lot to cheer for. Who do you think will emerge victorious out of this heavyweight clash?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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