Found September 07, 2012 on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE:

The San Francisco Giants have a fairly comfortable 4.5 game lead in the their division, and it looks like the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ only playoff hopes are in the Wild Card race. But with the two teams matching up for a 3-game series in the Bay Area this weekend, things are about to get pretty wild in the NL West.

The Giants have been playing very well lately despite losing their All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera, after he was suspended for the rest of the regular season for using performance enhancing drugs. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have struggled to find their groove after they acquired slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the Boston Red Sox. However, things tend to get tricky when these two teams match up.

Last time they met, the Giants dominated in a 3-game sweep at Dodger Stadium. But the last time the Dodgers visited San Francisco, the Giants struggled to put up runs and got swept at AT&T Park. So what will happen this weekend? You’re guess is as good as mine.

If the Giants manage to win this series, they will be one huge step closer to locking up the NL West. If the Dodgers manage to win on the road, they will be within striking distance of San Francisco. Unfortunately for L.A., they will have to get through Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain first.

As I said before, the Giants have been playing great baseball as of late and Lincecum has definitely broken out of his slump in the second half of the season, so the odds seem to be in San Francisco’s favor. But you never know. Anything can happen in the wild wild west.

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