Though it's possible the fervor around the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants rivalry may never top the end of the 2021 season, when a 106-win LA team upended the title pursuit of the shocking 107-win Giants, MLB is doing its best to enhance each and every one of these rivalry matchups in 2023.
Now, thanks to the league's balanced schedule, the number of regular-season Dodgers/Giants games has been reduced from 18/19 to 13. Ditto for NL West rivalry battles with the Padres, Rockies and Diamondbacks. All of these age-old rivalries lost a pair of series this summer so MLB could force the Yankees and Dodgers to face off annually, which ... actually sounds pretty cool.
13 is more than enough times, after all, to see Logan Webb and the grubby Giants. Who wants to play 19 regular-season games against Fernando Tatis Jr.? That's 19 opportunities to run into (shudder) Padres fans in the wild. We're good.
In order to adequately prepare Dodgers fans and familiarize them with the schedule ahead of time, here are all the Dodgers-Giants series for 2023 and where to find them. HINT: They're largely absent from the summer and hit different as the season ends.
Dodgers Schedule: When will Dodgers play Giants in 2023?
April 10-12, 2023
June 16-18, 2023
Sept. 21-24, 2023
Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1, 2023
Yes, the Giants and Dodgers will link up for two separate series at the end of September/beginning of October, with a four-game Rockies series (including a doubleheader) in between. That means, if an upstart Giants team bugs the entire NL West again, the final series of the year (on the road by the Bay) could get quite dicey.
We'll learn much more about this team's fate when the Dodgers' 2023 season kicks off in just over one month (!), with the latest Opening Day start time in MLB against Zac Gallen and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
If you think it's tough waiting until 7:00 PM PST for the first Dodgers pitch of the season, then imagine how difficult it will be after the June Giants series wraps up and we go three full months without seeing SF.