Entering this weekend’s series against the Giants, the Dodgers have exactly 20 games remaining. As far as the race with the Braves for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs goes, perhaps the most advantageous thing for Los Angeles is that just five of those 20 contests are against teams with winning records.
The Giants come to town this weekend with a 67-72 record, sitting in third place in the West. The good news for the Dodgers is that San Fran will tentatively be throwing three right-handers—Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Beede and Dereck Rodriguez—so, Los Angeles should be able to roll out a few decent, optimized lineups.
Following a day off on September 9, the Boys in Blue will invade Camden Yards where they will face the hapless Orioles for three games, who currently possess a 46-93 record, trailing the Yankees in the AL East by a whopping 45 games. From the looks of things, the Dodgers might be facing old foe Ty Blach in the opener. Baltimore isn’t playing for much except pride. Further, there really isn’t much rivalry behind the two clubs, so the Dodgers are hoping to pad their record with at least two convincing wins, if not a series sweep.
After the Baltimore series, the Dodgers will prepare for their most difficult stage of the stretch-run, as they will face the Mets and the Rays, both of whom have winning records. The Mets series will be a three-game set in New York. After an off-day on September 16, they’ll host the Rays for two quick games at Dodger Stadium. New York is hanging by a thread in the NL Wild Card race while the Rays appear poised to capture the top Wild Card spot in the American League.
The Dodgers are afforded another day off on September 19 in the middle of the home stand before they take on the Rockies (again) for three games. Following yet another off-day on September 23, Los Angeles will finished their regular-season on the road, facing the Padres for three in San Diego, then ending the schedule with a three-game series against the Giants in San Francisco.
The Braves, on the other hand, have a much more difficult road ahead. 17 of Atlanta’s 22 remaining games are against clubs with winning records. Seven of those contests are against the Nationals, who are currently leading the charge for the top spot in the NL Wild Card race. The Braves will also face the Phillies (who are also in contention) seven times and finish their regular season on the road with a three-games series against the Mets.