The Dodgers and Giants have yet to finalize a contract for their new collective bargaining agreement, and the Dodgers and MLB are set to officially enter the postseason this year.
Both clubs are expected to play in the NLDS on Tuesday, which is the first round of the playoffs.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, the first pitcher to ever win the Cy Young Award, is one of several pitchers expected to be in the Dodgers’ starting lineup in the NLCS.
“I think we’re going to be ready to go,” Kershaw said of the Dodgers.
“It’s a good day, we’re ready.
We just got to put the stuff together and go out there and get a win.
We’re excited to get to the playoffs.”
The Dodgers’ season will be the first since 2011 to start with a new uniform and a new stadium, and it will be their first postseason game since the 2014 NLCS Game 7.
“We feel good, we feel good.
We feel ready.
This is what we’ve been working towards for the last five years, and we’re just excited to start this year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
The Dodgers have lost six of their last seven games to start the season, and Kershaw has struggled in the first two games of this series.
In the first inning of Game 2, Kershaw allowed five hits and five walks while striking out three.
“He’s definitely had some issues in the past, and there’s nothing I can do about it, but I just try to be aggressive,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said.
“If you have a problem, you go out and make the most of it.”
Kershaw will likely have to face left-handed batters in Game 3, and he’ll have to get through the Dodgers lineup on a day he’s only thrown four innings.
The Giants are set up to make it eight straight games without a home run, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy has said he won’t give up on his starters.
“For us to be out of the first three, that’s pretty tough, especially in a situation where we have to go into the seventh,” Bochy said.
After the Dodgers defeated the Giants on Tuesday night, Dodgers owner Jim Loeffler tweeted that he was “happy to announce that we will enter the World Series with a championship.”
Loefler also thanked fans for their support, saying he’s been waiting for the Dodgers to win a World Series for years.
“They’ve always been a special organization,” he said.
Dodgers fans will also be able to see a new logo, with the “D” now replacing the “L” in the center field circle.
“The logo is going to remind you that this is an important team, this is a great organization and we’ve always had a lot of fans,” Dodgers first baseman Justin Turner said.