LOS ANGELES (News4usonline) – The Los Angeles Dodgers got smoked. Twice. Blame the New York Yankees. The Yankees beat the Dodgers in two of the recent three times they played at Chavez Ravine. For now, the Yankees got the best of the Dodgers. Then again, this is the history of the Yankees and Dodgers.
The Yankees and Dodgers have played one another 11 times in the World Series. New York has won eight of those meetings. And so with the two teams playing each other for the first time in four years during the regular season, Dodgers-Yankees would seem to fit the bill for a possible 12th matchup in a World Series.
Bobby shining on the big stage. pic.twitter.com/o2pGbPCjtq— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 5, 2023
That’s a long way off, but one can’t help but wonder what it would be like if the Yankees and Dodgers would dance again in the postseason. Between the Dodgers and Yankees, the two Major League Baseball teams have a rich history in contributions to the game of baseball. The Yankees, also tagged as the Bronx Bombers, have a storied litany of great players and Hall of Famers.
Mickey Mantle. Babe Ruth. Reggie Jackson. Lou Gehrig. Derek Jeter. The list goes on and on. The Dodgers are in that same pattern line of having storied figureheads to play for the franchise down through the years, including Jackie Robinson, Don Sutton, Sandy Koufax, Don Newcombe, and now Clayton Kershaw. The names are plenty. The line is long.
Then if you add in the fact that the Dodgers and Yankees have combined to win 27 World Series titles between them, then it makes for a special occasion whenever they play one another. The Yankees, of course, are the Yankees. New York has won 27 World Series, whereas the Dodgers have won seven, making the Yankees the Alpha of all MLB teams.
The Yankees had no problem flexing those muscles against the Dodgers in this past three-game series played at Dodger Stadium. With famous movie director Spike Lee hanging out at the ballpark, the Yankees got the best of the Dodgers, winning two of those three games.
The Dodgers won the first game as Kershaw put on a spectacular performance, striking out nine batters, including whiffing Aaron Judge twice, to lead Los Angeles to an 8-4 win. Judge belted a home run and made a highlight reel catch in the second game to lead New York to a 6-3 win.
The final game of the series turned into a pitching duel between the Dodgers’ Bobby Miller and New York’s Domingo German. Both pitchers were dominant during their time on the mound. Miller allowed only one hit through his six innings of work and struck out seven New York batters.
German was just as effective, going all the way into the seventh inning, giving up four hits and striking out seven. Eventually, the Yankees’ potent offense would take control of the game in the late innings and New York wound up prevailing with a 4-1 victory.
Dennis has covered and written about politics, crime, social justice, sports, and entertainment. Dennis currently covers the NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, and Olympic sports. Dennis is the editor of News4usonline.com and serves as the publisher of the Compton Bulletin newspaper. He earned a journalism degree from Howard University.