So you’re saying there’s a chance.
On Wednesday, a crazy thing happened. The Los Angeles Dodgers won, and the San Francisco Giants lost. And then on Thursday, the Giants lost again, to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have gained a game on the Giants in the NL West, and are now one game back, with 15 games to play.
Aside from playing head-to-head, the phenomenon has only happened one or two other times this season because the Giants seemingly never lose.
Of course, I am exaggerating, but only a little bit. But, could the tide be turning? Could the Giants be losing their magic?
That I won’t believe until I see it. While the Giants are of course a very good baseball team, they do seem to have hit the right combo of veterans rediscovering their youth and excellent pitching. They also have been very good at the smaller points of the game, like defense and base stealing. And also some little bit of Giants magic.
Now both the Giants and the Dodgers are beginning tough weekend series. The Giants will welcome the Atlanta Braves into Oracle Park. The Braves are tops in the NL East, and had a game rained out on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies, after losing the first two games to them. The Braves have their three best pitchers lined up to face the Giants and hopefully old friend Joc Pederson will hit a few into McCovey Cove.
For their part, the Dodgers will be on their last road trip for the season, that will take them through Cincinnati, Colorado, and San Diego. Friday starts a three game set against the Reds, who are fighting for a Wild Card spot. They are only one game back of the St Louis Cardinals, who are now the second team. The Padres are in between them, one half game behind the Cards.
Both series should be tough, as three teams involved are fightIng for either the division lead or a spot in the playoffs. While the Braves currently have a 3.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies, they will not want that lead to get any smaller.
Coming off of two straight loses, a team as good as the Braves most likely will not lose five in a row. The Dodgers will have to continue to play as well as they can and get some wins in Cincinnati.
Los Angeles has their best pitchers also lined up for the Cincinnati. Series. Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer, and Clayton Kershaw will all get starts. Could this weekend finally be the turning point? Stay tuned.