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Can The San Francisco Giants Still Make The Playoffs?

By Bryan Rose

On August 17th last year, the San Francisco Giants sat five games behind the San Diego Padres. They finished August going just 6 and 8 in their final 14 games of the month and went into September, well, struggling.

We all know what happened then.

Once the Giants finish their series with the Braves, they play a team with a winning record only six more times out of their final 37 games. And yes, ironically enough, those six are versus the Diamondbacks. Unfortunately for the Giants, the same can be said for the D’Backs who only play three teams with a winning record, starting today – the Phillies, the Braves and the Giants. But playing within your division as the season comes to a close is never fun as spoilers do their best to ruin a teams playoff dreams. Los Angeles, Colorado and San Diego will all have something to say when it comes to who represents the NL West in 2011.

Both of the Giants and Diamondbacks “big” trade acquisitions are currently faltering, Carlos Beltran has been unable to take the field for seven straight and is likely headed to the DL – Giant killer Jason Marquis sustained a freak injury this past weekend and most likely is lost for the season now.

Of the Giants remaining 37 games (once the Giants complete the next three in Atlanta), 21 of them are at home – the D’Backs will counter with 19 left at their park, but spend 12 of 16 on the road to start September while finishing on a 9 game home stand.

As we’re all aware, every game matters – which is why losses like last nights are such a gut punch to the baseball soul. I can’t imagine the Giants and Diamondbacks will separate themselves by that much as the season dwindles down, so the six games between the two will most likely be the deciding factor in who is crowned as NL West Champs.

So, Giant fans – with the D’Backs currently in the drivers seat, do the black and orange have enough to overtake them? Or is it Kirk Gibson and company who has the magic this year?