The upcoming weekend brings a surprisingly pivotal series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
On May 14, 2009, the Dodgers had the best record in baseball at 24-12, five games ahead of the second place San Fransisco Giants. Flash forward to 2010 and once again the Giants find themselves in the two-spot, only this time they are chasing an unlikely front-runner.
The Padres currently hold the best record in the National League and lead the Giants by two and half games, taking the first two games of the series against the in-state rivals to the north.
The final game of the series between the Padres and Giants may have relevant implications to the NL West standings. The Dodgers have climbed out of the basement and in to third place, and if the Padres pull off the sweep, the Giants will be in fair reach. The Dodgers will have Thursday off as they make the trek from Phoenix to San Diego, and the extra day of rest may make a difference.
However, it will be the pitching match-ups that may make or break the early season, and the rivalries are marked by a few surprises themselves.