With a three game set down in Houston, the San Francisco Giants are looking to make up some ground in the NL West. At the same time, the Arizona Diamondbacks head to Atlanta to take on the Braves, trying to separate themselves from the defending champs. These two teams are on a unstoppable collision course to decide the NL West, a place the Giants are familiar with after chasing down the Padres in 2010.
The Giants have one of the easiest schedules (on paper) in the league from here on in, with the only team above .500 left to play is, of course, the D'backs. They will play six times before the end of the regular season, with a playoff berth essentially hanging in the balance between the two three game series. September will be a month of all intra-divisional matchups for both teams, as the Dodgers, Padres, and Rockies all look to finish with a high note to their rather disappointing seasons.
NL West Standings
As for the Wild Card, the Braves have a pretty good strangle hold on it at this point, but a quick losing streak can turn that around and in a hurry.
National League Wild Card Standings
|San Francisco||67||58||.536||6||Lost 1|
|St. Louis||66||58||.532||6.5||Won 1|
|New York||60||63||.487||12||Won 1|
|Los Angeles||56||67||.455||16||Won 1|
|San Diego||56||70||.444||17.5||Won 1|
(updated 8.19.2011 at 11:13 AM PDT)
It's going to be a dogfight from here on in, so get comfortable, get your popcorn ready, and get glued to your favorite television screen.