With Sunday’s loss to San Francisco, the Giants won the season series 10-9 and seized sole possession of first place in the NL West. The Dodgers just haven’t bee able to take care of business when given the opportunity.
Now with no more regular season meetings left between the two ball clubs, the Dodgers are going to have to rely on some help from other teams around the league if they still hope to win the division. Of course that would also take a lot of effort on their part as well, but the way the rest of the schedule is laid out for both teams, that may be easier said than done.
LA’s Remaining Schedule
The Dodgers leave San Francisco and head to St. Louis for a four game series against the Cardinals. Dodgers fans know all too well how tough they like to play against the Boys in Blue. It doesn’t get much easier after as they’ll play 16 games against teams over .500 compared to 9 against teams below .500.
- 4 against the cardinals (>.500)
- 6 against the padres (>.500)
- 6 against the d backs (<.500)
- 3 against the reds (>.500)
- 3 against the rockies (<.500)
- 3 against the brewers (>.500)
The Dodgers had trouble against teams over .500 early on this season but have bounced back recently. Still it’s a very steep hill they’ll have to climb, especially since most of those games are against NL Central teams. The Reds, Braves, and Cardinals (barely) all have records above .500 and the Dodgers have not been great against Central teams with a 13-10 record. The Brewers have been solid this year and are first in the NL Central while the Reds are still fighting for the second Wild Card spot. Neither team will just roll over for the Dodgers.
Then there is the Padres who are most likely out of the division title race, yet they hold the second Wild Card spot and will do everything they can to maintain their position in hopes of October baseball.
SF’s Remaining Schedule
While the Dodgers will have their work cut out for them, the Giants will have a little breathing room. They will only have to face above .500 teams 13 more times while playing below .500 teams 12 more times.
- 6 against the rockies (<.500)
- 3 against the cubs (<.500)
- 10 against the padres (>.500)
- 3 against the Braves (>.500)
- 3 against the d backs (<.500)
The good news is that the Giants will have to play the Braves who swept them the last time they faced off as well as the Padres who have been very tough on them all year. However, they will have the ability to offset any losses with easy series against the Rockies, Diamondbacks, and Cubs.
With 25 games left in the season, both teams will be neck and neck to the finish line. The Dodgers have all the pieces they need to overcome their more difficult schedule, they just need to squeeze what they can out of them. There’s no room for any more slumps, losing streaks, or huge injuries. Anymore loss of ground could keep them from winning the division and throw them into a winner take all game against the Padres.