Which Dodgers Hit the Giants?

Photo courtesy mlb.com

Photo courtesy mlb.com

The Giants and Dodgers have been playing each other since 1890, and it’s usually been a bitter rivalry. Lots and lots of Dodgers have dug in against Giant pitchers. Who’s been the best? In 216 plate appearances over four seasons (1998-2001), Gary Sheffield hit .325/.458/.580, for an OPS of 1.038. That’s about the way I remember it. Sheffield always seemed to get a big hits against the Giants. The Dodger who had the biggest gap between his OPS as a Dodger and his OPS against the Giants was Howie Schultz, a first baseman who would have no place to play once Jackie Robinson came up in April 1947. His Dodger OPS was .664, but when he hit against the Giants, mostly during World War II, he had an .885 OPS. If one wants to choose a Dodger not tainted by the deficiencies of the wartime player pool, the Penguin, Ron Cey, is your man. As a Dodger, he hit .313/.408/.538 against the Giants, while having a .805 OPS against the National League as a whole. Former Giant Jeff Kent is also high up the list, at number three, with a .299/.401/.563 line against his former team.

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