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Tim Kurkjian Names Best Rivalry In Baseball Right Now

Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres celebrates his solo homerun in front of Trevor Bauer

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres celebrates his solo homerun in front of Trevor Bauer #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to take a 1-0 lead, during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on April 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Yankees-Red Sox. Cardinals-Cubs. Dodgers-Giants. See a trend? The three are widely recognized as the best rivalries in baseball. ESPN's Tim Kurkjian thinks a new rivalry should be included this season: Dodgers-Padres.

The West Coast, NL West foes have given fans some of the best games so far this season. To make matters better, each is considered a favorite to win the World Series, and one will have to do so as a Wild Card team.

Believe it or not, neither the Padres or Dodgers lead the NL West at the moment. That would be the San Francisco Giants, who are without a doubt the surprise team in baseball this season. Just a 0.5 game, meanwhile, separates the Dodgers and Padres for second in the NL West.

Kurkjian doesn't think it's all too close. The Padres-Dodgers rivalry is the best in baseball this season. He admitted as much in an interview with XTRA 1360.

"It has been the best rivalry in baseball this year," Kurkjain said of Dodgers-Padres.

San Diego got the best of Los Angeles this week. The Padres swept the Dodgers in three games, which is the first time they did as much since 2013.

Petco Park was home to a raucous crowd for the sweep, further adding to the drama between the two NL West foes.

If we're lucky, we'll get to see the Dodgers and Padres battle it out in the NL postseason later this year. First, each has to worry about the San Francisco Giants.