Dodgers 2019 NL West Outlook: San Francisco Giants
Joe Panik: Few could forget the first two games of the 2018 season. Both ended with mighty blasts from Panik against Kenley Jansen to beat the Dodgers 1-0 two nights in a row at Chavez Ravine. These losses set the stage for what would be a rough March/April for the Dodgers, and hid what would begin to become an ugly season in San Francisco.
Tony Watson: In Los Angeles for a World Series run just a year prior, Tony Watson held his former team to no runs on six hits in his 30 ABs against the Dodgers. He struck out ten while only walking two and did not allow an extra-base hit against. As a left-hander, he embodies one of the Dodgers’ weaknesses: hitting against good lefty relievers late in games, but with a full season of David Freese and Corey Seager (who hits lefties very well) hopefully the Dodgers can do better in 2019.
Ty Blach: The Opening Day starter for the Bumgarner-less Giants in 2018, Blach shut out the Dodgers over five innings to get the win. He ended the year with two wins against the Dodgers, allowing just 5 runs and 16 hits in all of his appearances against the team. In his 75 ABs against Los Angeles, Blach struck out 15 Dodgers. Another lefty (a noteworthy trend) Blach was less than dominant when pitching against the rest of the league, but in 2018, he had the Dodgers’ number.