Playoff race: NL West battling on weekend
Posted on: September 3, 2011 4:43 pm
By Evan Brunell
Here's a breakdown of the NL West race, with all data through games of Sept. 2:
24 games remaining: 13 home, 11 away.
Average win percentage of opponents: .479
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 91.9 percent
Record: 73-65, 5 GB
24 games remaining: 11 home, 13 away
Average win percentage of opponents: .490
Coolstandings.com expectancy of making the playoffs: 7.7 percent
Arizona and San Francisco have five head-to-head matchups remaining: 9/2-3, 9/23-25. The Giants clinched the season series 9-4.
On Saturday, the Diamondbacks and Giants meet for the second game in a three-game series in a pivotal matchup for the NL West division title. San Francisco took the contest on Friday night as an opening salvo, while Tim Lincecum and Ian Kennedy meet up Saturday.
The Diamondbacks recently saw a nine-game winning streak snapped, but it was enough to vault the team into first place by five games. The club opened the year with a consensus of being among the worst, but two breakouts in Justin Upton and Kennedy have propelled the team to first place. Even after losing Stephen Drew for the season in July and creating a major void at shortstop, the club has been able to weather the loss thanks to Willie Bloomquist.
The Giants, meanwhile, scored just 77 runs in August, as top acquisition Carlos Beltran struggled to produce with his new team and hit the disabled list. With the lousy offense, the team has lost nine games in the standings to Arizona since July 28. On Friday, Beltran had four hits Friday night, lending optimism that San Francisco can heat up down the stretch. The pitching has kept the Giants in the race as they rank second in overall ERA despite placing last in runs scored.
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