With all the talk about how the two Los Angeles professional baseball teams both upgraded their rosters this offseason, it’s no wonder a lot of southern California fans are excited about the possibilities this year. One of those possibilitie — and the biggest of all — would be a true southern California freeway series.
That talk and wishful thinking had a little substance behind it as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have gotten off to an exciting start. The preseason version of the freeway series is unofficial of course, but don’t say that to the fans.
It’s always been about bragging rights on the field. Now it’s about bragging rights off it as well as the two squads who share the second largest market in the United States, battle for the top free agents available in the MLB.
Now that that part of the season is behind them, it is time to play ball and see if either team will be able to utilize their big money acquisitions to get them to the fall classic.
With the opening game on Thursday day night being a split-squad affair, the mini-series got underway with a Dodgers’ 3-0 win in Anaheim. Then on Friday night, in Chavez Ravine in their newly renovated stadium, the Dodgers bested their Orange County counterparts 9-8. With the series—and the bragging rights that go with it—officially belonging to the Dodgers, the series concludes Saturday night in Anaheim.
The blue crew certainly boasts the more promising pitching staff of the two, but their bats is really what ignites the fans and the Dodgers have not disappointed so far this campaign.
If they keep with the offensive firepower, mixed in with the expected success of their starting pitching, then the Dodgers have an excellent chance of holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to a southern California freeway series.
It will be up to the Angels to find themselves on the mound to go with their super-potent line-up to get there on the AL side.