The Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers had the best division race, and first playoff series, in their long history as rivals. But in the end, it'll end up being a small chapter of the 2021 Major League Baseball story.
Nine days after they eliminated the Giants in the National League Division Series, the Dodgers went down in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series in Atlanta. It will be the Braves, who reloaded on the fly after losing MVP candidate Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending injury, who will represent the National League in the World Series, leaving the two best teams all season long to pick up the pieces and prepare for another six-month battle next year.
The Giants and Dodgers finished 19 and 18 games, respectively, ahead of the Braves during the regular season. But as they watch the World Series their focus will be on 2022, and specifically what they need to do to come out ahead against a rival that also will contend. For both sides, the initial checklist is massive.
The Giants have just about a full rotation to rebuild, and as they try to get through that, they'll also need to figure out if Brandon Belt or Kris Bryant are in their future plans. As complicated as all of that will be, it pales in comparison to what's about to happen in Los Angeles.
Source : https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/giants/giants-dodgers-rekindled-rivalry-have-plenty-holes-fill260