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MLB Standings 2012: Matt Kemp Injury Leaves Door Open For Giants

The NL West has been a veritable who's who of injuries this year, with the Giants losing Brian Wilson all season and Pablo Sandoval for about a month, Carlos Quentin's been banged up for San Diego, Chris Young and Miguel Montero have seen lots of pine for Arizona, Troy Tulowitzki just hit the DL out in Colorado, and now for the second time this year Matt Kemp's hamstring has gone bad, landing him on the disabled list in Tinsel Town once more.

Now just five games out of the lead, can the Giants take advantage of the Dodgers recent struggles?

Los Angeles was recently swept by the Brew Crew at home, while the Giants took two of three from the D-backs at AT&T to gain some ground. San Francisco plays 10 of their next 13 at home with the likes of the Cubs and Astros coming to town, though they'll have a 2010 World Series rematch against the Rangers next weekend. L.A. packs their bags for a ten game roadie with a four game stop in Philadelphia on their docket, then return home for another installment of the Freeway Series with the Angels.

Don't sleep on the D-backs either, who are only four games behind San Francisco and nine games behind L.A. They have some easy games on their upcoming schedule as well such as a trip to San Diego and a series with the visiting Athletics at Chase Field.

NL West Standings

Los Angeles 32 19 .627 0 Won 3
San Francisco 27 24 .529 5 Lost 1
Arizona 23 28 .450 9 Won 1
Colorado 21 29 .420 10.5 Lost 2
San Diego 17 35 .326 15.5 Lost 6

(updated 6.1.2012 at 9:29 AM PDT)

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