The Los Angeles Dodgers enter their final series of the season still searching for a wild-card spot.
That three-game series, however, comes against their most bitter rival - the NL West champion San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers hope they can get closer to a playoff spot by matching their longest winning streak of the season against Matt Cain and the visiting Giants on Monday night.
Los Angeles (84-75) is two games behind St. Louis for the NL's second wild card. The Cardinals' final series is against Cincinnati, the NL Central winner.
"We've always played San Francisco pretty good. It's going to be a hard-fought battle," center fielder Matt Kemp said. "We win out and Cincinnati plays a good St. Louis team, hopefully they sweep them or get two from them.
"We still know there's hope. There's a plan for everything and hopefully our plan is to make it to the postseason. The way we're playing I would like our chances."
The Dodgers have lost five of their last six against the Giants...