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MLB Standings Update: Giants Keep Cushion Over Persistent Diamondbacks

With every passing game the season draws closer to a close, meaning the San Francisco Giants move one step closer to defending their World Championship in the postseason. The Arizona Diamondbacks refuse to quit though, keeping themselves within arm's length of the Giants as they try to push forward towards making the postseason for the first time since 2007. 

The Giants four game lead over Arizona is enough to keep them in first if they begin to slip, but can only keep them afloat for so long as the D'Backs offense lead by Justin Upton and Chris Young continue to pump out runs, and their improved pitching has kept them well above .500. But it seems every time the Giants lose so do the Diamondbacks and vice versa, which bodes well for the G-Men remaining in first for a while longer. 

As for Colorado, Los Angeles, and San Diego, their seasons are all but over already. Colorado is the closest of the three, 11.5 games out of first place and seven games under .500. The Dodgers and Padres are most definitely lost causes, a shame considering the success San Diego had last season and the MVP caliber season that Matt Kemp has been putting up in L.A. 

If the Giants can keep finding ways to win series than they should be alright down the line, but keep you eye on Arizona because that can spring into the lead quicker than you would think. 

NL West Standings

San Francisco 59 43 .578 0 Won 2
Arizona 55 47 .539 4 Won 2
Colorado 48 55 .466 11.5 Lost 3
Los Angeles 46 56 .450 13 Won 3
San Diego 45 58 .436 14.5 Won 1

(updated 7.26.2011 at 12:08 PM PDT)