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Giants manager Bruce Bochy is doing a great job.
On the field, with the eight position players, the Los Angeles Dodgers have an advantage over the Giants.
However, the Giants have a slight advantage with their pitching staff, but the Dodgers are also very solid on the mound. Later in the week, I will publish another article comparing the pitching staffs of both teams in detail.
The Giants have the advantage when it comes to their respective managers.
Bruce Bochy is a master at playing the matchups to give the Giants the best chance to win. He is also good at building a good bullpen. Bochy has had to rely on a closer-by-committee approach in the last month, and he has somehow gotten that to work.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is a lifelong baseball man. However, this is only his second year as manager of the team. Bochy's experience trumps that of Mattingly.
The one other intangible advantage the Giants hold is team chemistry.
They are a very close-knit team and genuinely like each other. They came together as a team when they lost Melky Cabrera and have actually played better than before his departure.
The Dodgers, with so many new faces, will have a hard time getting anywhere near the team chemistry that is seen in San Francisco. Team chemistry may not seem like much, but a lot can be said about players pulling together for a common goal.
Thus far, it has worked for the Giants.