The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on a historic tear in the second half of the 2021 MLB season, as they've tried to catch up with the Giants' dominant run. Even with their remarkable win percentage since the All-Star break, LA hasn't been able to make up any ground in the NL West race.
For the past few months, it seems like every single time one of these teams wins, the other has as well. Entering Saturday's games, the Giants have 106 wins on the season, while the Dodgers have 104.
Only one other set of divisional opponents has won as many games on the same day through the course of the season as the Giants and Dodgers.
With two games remaining on the schedule for each team, the magic number for the Giants to clinch the NL West title is down to one.
Kevin Gausman will take the mound for the Giants against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park, while the Dodgers will take on the Milwaukee Brewers in Chavez Ravine.
Both of these teams will be in the postseason, although whoever ends up being the runner-up in the division will have to win a one-game playoff against the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals.
Theoretically, we could see these teams face off once again in the National League Division Series if the NL West loser advances out of the Wild Card Game.
Either way, the 2021 NL West race will go down as one of the most competitive in MLB history, and the Giants are one victory away from taking the division crown.