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2012 Giants vs. 2013 Dodgers: Who’s better?

Back in June 2013, when the Dodgers fell as far back as 9.5 games out of first, a fed-up caller to “Dodger Talk,” the team’s post-game show on 570 AM in Los Angeles, said the Dodgers needed to start playing “Bochy Ball.” You knew things had hit bottom when a Dodger fan urged his club to be like the Giants. It turned out, with the division now clinched,  that “Donny Ball” was good enough. Both brands of baseball worked: The Giants winning it all in 2012; the Dodgers winning the West in 2013. This raises the question of which team was better?

Here is an analysis of how those clubs would match up, using stats from those respective years, with who has advantage at each position:

C: Posey .336, 24 HR, 103 RBI; M. Ellis .234, 7, 45.  POSEY — MVP stats. 1B: Belt .275, 7, 56; Gonzalez .294, 21, 98. GONZALEZ — Consistent big-time slugger. 2B: Scutaro .362, 44 RBI, 61 games; A.J. Ellis .271, 6, 45. SCUTARO — They couldn’t get him out. 3B: Sandoval ,283, 12, 63; Uribe .273, 12, 48. SANDOVAL — Close call; Game 1 of World Series hard to ignore. SS: Crawford .248, 4, 45; Ramirez .343, 18, 53. RAMIREZ — In MVP conversation. LF: Blanco .244, 5, 34; Crawford .281, 5, 53. CRAWFORD — Makes better contact. CF: Pagan .288, 8, 56; Ethier .272, 12, 52. EVEN — Different styles, but each effective. RF: Pence .219,  7, 45; Puig .336, 17, 39. PUIG — Superstar in making?  STARTERS: Kershaw 14-9, 1.94; Greinke 15-3, 2.75; Ryu 13-7, 3.03; Nolasco 8-2, 2.63; Capuano 4-7, 4.34. Cain 16-5, 2.79; Bumgarner 16-11, 3.37; Vogelson 14-9, 3.37; Lincecum 10-15, 5.18; Zito 15-8, 4.15. EVEN — Rotations kept clubs in games. BULLPEN: Affeldt 2.70 (67 games); Lopez 2.50 (70); Casilla 2.84 (73). Howell 2.15 (63); Rodriquez 2.21 (74). GIANTS — More depth. CLOSER: Romo 1.79, 14 SV, 69 games; Jansen 1.98, 25 SV, 71 games. JANSEN — Just seems more durable. MANAGERS: Bochy (94-68); Mattingly (87-65 10 games to play). BOCHY — Two World Series in three years, but credit the smooth Mattingly for keeping cool when some were calling for his firing, and then overseeing a remarkable comeback.

The only real clear overall advantage is power. Dodgers of 2013 have hit 128; Giants of 2012 hit 103, last in league. The pitching staffs would make every game a tossup.

So, let the debate start on which version of the teams is better. And better yet, how about both clubs matching solid records in 2014 so the  matter could be determined on the field?

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