After the San Francisco Giants 7-4 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon, the Giants only lead the Los Angeles Dodgers by one game in the NL West. With a few weeks left in the MLB season, the race for the NL West will be a classic one.
Both the Giants and Dodgers are on track to win over 100 games. Only ten second-place teams have won 100 games, and this year it should be an 11th; either the Giants are the Dodgers.
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco is currently 95-21 and ahead of the Dodgers by one game. The Giants are on pace to win 105 games this season. San Francisco has surprised everyone this year with the way they are playing. Most people thought the Giants could win about 80 games, but they have played good baseball with solid starting pitching and home runs. San Francisco is second in the MLB in home runs with 222 and second in ERA behind the Dodgers. The Giants got Kris Bryant from the Cubs before the trading deadline, and he is a big-time addition for the Giants, who needed a right-handed bat.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are a very talented team, and they just got Clayton Kershaw back on the injured list. The trade for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner was an excellent trade for the Dodgers. Los Angeles leads the MLB in earned run average with a 2.94 ERA. Many people think the Dodgers will catch the Giants because of all the Dodgers’ talent on their roster. Los Angeles has to feel good being just one game out with just a few weeks in the season to go.
It could very well come down to a one-game playoff to see who wins the NL West. If that’s the case, the Dodgers could throw Scherzer in a do-or-die situation. Since being traded to the Dodgers, he has won six games and has an ERA of 0.88. As for the Giants’ best option would be Logan Webb; he has been outstanding in the second half of the season. So far this season, Webb is 10-3 with a 2.80 ERA. But, again, the Dodgers would have the upper hand in a one-game situation.
Be sure to keep a close on the NL West race; it will be on for ages.
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