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Diamondbacks–Dodgers rivalry

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Diamondbacks–Dodgers rivalry
First meetingApril 7, 1998
Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 1
Latest meetingApril 9, 2023
Chase Field
Diamondbacks 11, Dodgers 8
Next meetingAugust 8, 2023
Chase Field
Meetings total448
Most winsDodgers
Regular season seriesDodgers, 254–191–0 (.571)[1]
Postseason resultsDodgers, 3–0
Largest victoryDodgers: 14–1 (2010)
Diamondbacks: 13–0 (2017)
Longest win streak
  • Diamondbacks: 11 (2017–18)
  • Dodgers: 10 (2022)
Current win streakDiamondbacks, 3
Post-season history

The Diamondbacks–Dodgers rivalry is a Major League Baseball (MLB) National League divisional rivalry played between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chase Field and Dodger Stadium are only 375 miles apart, mostly along I-10. The Diamondbacks are newcomers to the division; having founded in 1998, winning their first World Series in 2001. The Dodgers had been one of the oldest teams in the National League, having won 7 World Series titles. Both teams saw a rise in competition during the 2010s as they would both regularly qualify for the postseason, notably; regular season meetings between the two would often escalate into aggressive matchups occasionally escalating into fights between both benches.[2] Notably; both teams took part in the most recent MLB Australia Series in 2014.[3] Both teams eventually met during the 2017 National League Division Series where the Dodgers won the series in a convincing sweep.


The rivalry was often dormant for the Diamondbacks' earlier years in the league following their inception in 1998, however things quickly began to heat up between both sides during the 2010s as the Dodgers saw a change in management in 2011 after controversial owner Frank McCourt had sold the team.[4] Eventually the Dodgers found their return to the postseason as their strength in competition found new life under different management.[5] The first notable moment of animosity between the two teams took place in September of 2011 when both teams began hitting one another with inside pitches, including a notable moment where Clayton Kershaw was ejected on September 13 for throwing a fastball at Arizona outfielder Gerardo Parra's shoulder. The two would continue engaging in aggressive confrontations as the 2012 season would see more retaliatory acts on both sides.[6] During the 2013 season as both teams were engaged in a heated battle for second place of the division; the two sides engaged in a large scuffle on June 13, after Diamondbacks' pitcher Ian Kennedy drilled Dodgers' outfielder Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch. Dodgers' then-pitcher Zack Greinke retaliated by hitting Arizona catcher Miguel Montero while at bat; resulting in both benches clearing in a massive brawl after Kennedy threw a pitch at Greinke the next inning.[7] Kennedy was suspended 10 games for the hit, however; Puig and Greinke received a fine for their part.[8]

On September 19, 2013 following a win in Arizona, The Dodgers managed a victory after having clinched the division and eliminating the Diamondbacks. Much to the anger of the Diamondbacks and fans alike; numerous Dodgers' players jumped into the outfield pool at Chase Field. Allegedly; stadium management had warned Dodger personnel against celebrating the win onfield due to the tensions between the two teams.[9] Diamondbacks' then-CEO Derrick Hall expressed anger at the gesture by the Dodgers, proclaiming: "I could call it disrespectful and classless, but they don't have a beautiful pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like".[10]

2017: First Playoff Matchup

The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and the Diamondbacks' Zach Greinke were both finalists for the Cy Young award in 2017.

Tensions continued to run high during multiple matchups in the years prior, rather ironically on December 8, 2015; Zack Greinke would sign a six-year, $206.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in free agency. By 2017; both teams had managed to secure playoff berths as the Diamondbacks finished with 93 wins while the Dodgers finished with 104, leading the division and the league. After beating the Rockies in the Wild Card Game; the Diamondbacks were set to face the Dodgers in the NLDS.[11] Despite Arizona's best efforts; they were no match for the Dodgers' copious batting core as they fell in a 3 game sweep.[12]

As of 2023, the Dodgers currently lead the rivalry 254-191, on top of a 3-0 lead in the postseason.

Season-by-season results

Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers Season-by-Season Results
1990s (Dodgers, 14–11)
Season Season series at Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Notes
1998 Dodgers 8–4 Dodgers, 4–2 Dodgers, 4–2
1999 Diamondbacks 7–6 Diamondbacks, 5–2 Dodgers, 4–2 Diamondbacks win 2001 World Series
2000s (Dodgers, 96–83)
Season Season series at Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Notes
2000 Diamondbacks 7–6 Diamondbacks, 5–1 Dodgers, 5–2
2001 Diamondbacks 10–9 Tie, 5–5 Diamondbacks, 5–4 MLB changed to an unbalanced schedule in 2001, resulting in 18–19 meetings per year
2002 Dodgers 10–9 Dodgers, 5–4 Tie, 5–5
2003 Diamondbacks 10–9 Tie, 5–5 Diamondbacks, 5–4
2004 Dodgers 16–3 Dodgers, 8–2 Dodgers, 8–1
2005 Diamondbacks 13–5 Diamondbacks, 5–4 Diamondbacks, 8–1
2006 Dodgers 10–8 Diamondbacks, 6–3 Dodgers, 7–2
2007 Dodgers 10–8 Dodgers, 6–3 Diamondbacks, 5–4
2008 Dodgers 10–8 Diamondbacks, 5–4 Dodgers, 6–3
2009 Dodgers 11–7 Dodgers, 5–4 Dodgers, 6–3
2010s (Dodgers, 106–84)
Season Season series at Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Notes
2010 Dodgers 13–5 Dodgers, 6–3 Dodgers, 7–2
2011 Diamondbacks 10–8 Dodgers, 5–4 Diamondbacks, 6–3
2012 Diamondbacks 12–6 Diamondbacks, 6–3 Diamondbacks, 6–3
2013 Diamondbacks 10–9 Dodgers, 6–4 Diamondbacks, 6–3
2014 Dodgers 15–4 Dodgers, 8–2 Dodgers, 7–2
2015 Dodgers 13–6 Dodgers, 5–4 Dodgers, 8–2
2016 Dodgers 12–7 Dodgers, 5–5 Dodgers, 7–2
2017 Diamondbacks 11–8 Diamondbacks, 6–3 Tie, 5–5 Dodgers lose 2017 World Series
2017 NLDS Dodgers 3–0 Dodgers, 1–0 Dodgers, 2–0
2018 Diamondbacks 11–8 Diamondbacks, 7–3 Dodgers, 5–4 Dodgers lose 2018 World Series
2019 Dodgers 11–8 Diamondbacks, 6–4 Dodgers, 7–2
2020s (Dodgers, 41–15)
Season Season series at Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Notes
2020 Dodgers 8–2 Dodgers, 5–2 Dodgers, 3–0 Season shortened to 60 games (with 10 meetings) due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Dodgers win 2020 World Series
2021 Dodgers 16–3 Dodgers, 7–2 Dodgers, 9–1
2022 Dodgers 14–5 Dodgers, 7–3 Dodgers, 7–2
2023 Diamondbacks 5–3 Diamondbacks, 3–1 Tie, 2–2 New schedule structure started this season to allow every team to play one series against every interleague team. Shortening meetings from 19 to 13 games.
Summary of Results
Season Season series at Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Notes
Regular season games Dodgers 254–193 Dodgers, 120–108 Dodgers, 134–85
Postseason games Dodgers 3–0 Dodgers, 1–0 Dodgers, 2–0
Postseason series Dodgers 1–0
Regular and postseason Dodgers 257–193 Dodgers, 121–108 Dodgers, 136–85

Connections between the teams

Name Position(s) Diamondbacks' tenure Dodgers' tenure
David Peralta Outfielder 2014-2022 2023-present
Zach Greinke Pitcher 2016-2019 2013-2015
Kirk Gibson Manager/Outfielder 2007-2014 (as manager) 1988-1990 (as player)
Luis Gonzalez Outfielder 1999-2006 2007
Shawn Green Outfielder 2005-2006 2000-2004
Mike Morgan Pitcher 2000-2002 1989-1991
Dan Haren Pitcher 2008-2010 2014
Derrick Hall Executive 2004-2013 1992-2004

Postseason series

2017 NLDS

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 6 Arizona Diamondbacks – 5, Los Angeles Dodgers – 9 Dodger Stadium 3:37 54,707[13] 
2 October 7 Arizona Diamondbacks – 5, Los Angeles Dodgers – 8 Dodger Stadium 3:48 54,726[14] 
3 October 9 Los Angeles Dodgers – 3, Arizona Diamondbacks – 1 Chase Field 3:36 48,641[15]

See also


Inline citations
  1. ^ "LAD vs ARI". Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  2. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks".
  3. ^ "Brawls, batters hit and pools peed in: Dodgers-Diamondbacks rivalry has it all".
  4. ^ "Look at the Makings of a Dodgers-Diamondbacks Rivalry".
  5. ^ "Derrick Hall says Diamondbacks-Dodgers "heated" rivalry getting even hotter".
  6. ^ "LA Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks News: Teams Renew Rivalry".
  7. ^ "Wild brawl erupts between Dodgers, D-backs".
  8. ^ "Dodgers-Diamondbacks Brawl fallout".
  9. ^ "Diamondbacks Unhappy with Dodgers' Pool Celebration After Clinching NL West".
  10. ^ "The Bad Blood Between The Dodgers And Diamondbacks".
  11. ^ "Beat LA: Arizona Diamondbacks' rivalry with Los Angeles Dodgers set for next chapter".
  12. ^ "Dodgers-Diamondbacks Rivalry to Continue into 2019".
  13. ^ "Boxscore: Arizona vs. Los Angeles, Game 1". Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "Boxscore: Arizona vs. Los Angeles, Game 2". Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Boxscore: Los Angeles vs. Arizona, Game 3". Retrieved October 9, 2017.
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