Yankees vs. Dodgers: Epic Showdown Between Baseball Titans Set for the Weekend

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It’s been since 2019 that the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, the flagship teams of the MLB, have gone head-to-head.

Starting tonight, the stage is set at Dodger Stadium for the two titans to launch a three-match weekend series. The last time they squared off was in the same city from Aug. 23-25, 2019, during the memorable Players Weekend where the Yankees clinched two out of three matches.

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In 2023, the Dodgers and Yankees have charted a similar path. They began on a modest note, barely making a .500 in the early weeks, but their performances have escalated in the past month, marking them as two of the strongest teams currently.

To highlight, here are May’s records:

  1. New York Yankees: 19-10 (.655)
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers: 18-10 (.643)

As they step into this weekend’s series, the Dodgers lead the NL West with a 34-23 record. The Yankees, despite a solid 34-24 score, are locked in the third position in the highly competitive AL East.

A showdown between Cole and Kershaw was unfortunately missed by a day. However, Grove, who has been sidelined since April 20 due to a groin strain, is set to return to start Saturday’s game after two successful Triple-A rehab starts. Meanwhile, Germán is back after his 10-game foreign substance suspension, allowing four runs in his 6 1/3 innings game against the Seattle Mariners earlier this week.

Yankees starter Luis-Severino is pitching against the Reds on May 21, 2023.
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DATESTART TIMESTARTING PITCHERSTV
Fri., June 210:10 p.m. ETRHP Luis Severino (0-0, 1.59 ERA) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-4, 3.32 ERA)SportsNet LA, YES, MLBN
Sat., June 37:15 p.m. ETRHP Gerrit Cole (6-0, 2.93 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Grove (0-1, 8.44)Fox
Sun., June 47:10 p.m. ETRHP Domingo Germán (3-3, 3.98 ERA) vs. RHP Bobby Miller (2-0, 1.64 ERA)ESPN

The Dodgers-Yankees clash comes with a rich historical context. They have the most frequent World Series meetings, though it’s been over forty years since their last Fall Classic face-off. The interleague play balance tilts towards no side with an 8-8 tie, displaying a pattern of alternating victories since their inaugural interleague game on June 18, 2004.

This will be the fifth occasion for the Yankees to visit Dodger Stadium during interleague play. Though the Dodgers have never set foot in the old Yankee Stadium for interleague play, they’ve made it to the new Yankee Stadium twice. Going by the 2019 series, an electrifying crowd, split almost evenly, is anticipated this weekend.

Player forms vary with time, and inevitably, certain players will enter this weekend’s series in better form than others. Judge, for instance, has been phenomenal since his comeback from a minor hip injury, hitting 12 home runs and getting on base 46 times in the 21 games post his injury. In contrast, the Yankees are hoping for Volpe and DJ LeMahieu, who have had a challenging fortnight, to regain their form.

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PAAVG/OBP/SLGHRSB
Aaron Judge54.372/.500/.953713
Isiah Kiner-Falefa36.314/.333/.571211
Gleyber Torres59.321/.356/.48234

For the Dodgers, Freeman and Martinez are the names to watch out for, having been in excellent form in the past fortnight. Jason Heyward, too, has been in high form lately. On the other hand, Max Muncy and Outman have been struggling with form. In baseball, it’s uncommon to find all players peaking at once, and the current situation is no exception.

PAAVG/OBP/SLGHRRBI
Mookie Betts57.260/.351/.54048
Freddie Freeman63.463/.540/.833312
J.D. Martinez59.352/.373/.833720

With both teams’ rich histories, current performance levels, standout players, and pumped-up fans, this series is sure to be packed with excitement and high-energy action.

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