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San Francisco Giants Can Help Themselves and Play Spoiler vs Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on as Alen Hanson #19 of the San Francisco Giants hits a sacrifice fly to score Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on as Alen Hanson #19 of the San Francisco Giants hits a sacrifice fly to score Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 16: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on as Alen Hanson #19 of the San Francisco Giants hits a sacrifice fly to score Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

As predictable as they’ve been all season, the San Francisco Giants split their last series at home before they took to the road.

The San Francisco Giants have a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which will allow them a good chance to gain some ground in the division.

The Dodgers boosted their lineup at the trade deadline, while the Giants stood pat. However, both clubs have experienced their ups and downs, with the Dodgers struggling to maintain a hold on the NL West.

The Giants are floating around .500, and need a big run to spark their playoff hopes.

Both teams realize the importance of this series, as they both have a potential playoff spot at stake. Also, both teams are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and the Dodgers experienced plenty of heartbreak over the weekend against the Rockies.

This series is definitely one to look forward to, if not for the rivalry than for the pure entertainment alone.

Even if the San Francisco Giants can’t get back into playoff contention, they have an opportunity to make things really difficult for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are one game back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West, and they are two games back of a Wild Card spot.

The Giants can knock them further back in the standings this weekend, and then if it comes down to it, the Giants end the season against the Dodgers and could potentially keep them out of the playoffs.

I know that’s not what Giants fan want to be doing — playing spoiler — but man it would be nice to knock the Dodgers out of the playoffs.

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