San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Mapping a potential, albeit improbable, path to winning the NL West

By Matthew Connolly
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May 21, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) hits a RBI single during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Head-to-head: Giants vs. Dodgers (4 games)

The Giants were swept last time they met in L.A., and they will need to return the favor this time around in order to keep their hopes alive. Three out of four would still keep them in it, but again, running the table would be ideal.

Reasons to believe:

  1. The Dodgers are dealing with several injuries of their own. Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner, Jose Peraza and Kike Hernandez are all questionable to play in the series, while Hunter Pence could be making his long-awaited return.
  2. The Giants were 0-4 in their last trip to Chavez Ravine, but three of those losses came in one-run ballgames that could have just as easily gone the other way.
  3. The Dodgers are 0-6 at AT&T Park this year, having been swept in both of their three-game series in San Francisco.

Reasons not to believe: Greinke and Kershaw—slated to start Games 1 and 2 of this series.

With that in mind, let’s say the G-Men take the series, but not the sweep.

Giants vs. Dodgers: 3-1 (86-73) | Dodgers @ Giants: 1-3 (88-71)

NL West: Giants 2GB 

Next: Phase 3