As the regular season dwindles down to its final moth, many division races are just now starting to heat up. Probably the most exciting one is the N.L. West.
With San Diego leading the pack for almost the entire season (somehow), it appears that their first place spot is quickly running from the palm their hand. The Giants have been hot enough to climb back to only 2 games behind the Padres and they don't look to be slowing down.
While the Padres are recovering from a recent 10-game losing streak, the Giants have won 7 of their last 10 games, with all of those wins against division rivals: the Rockies, Dodgers and Diamondbacks.
The Giants next series will be their biggest of the season so far, as they prepare to play in San Diego against the hated Padres for a four-game series. Oh, joy.
Before you start bouncing off the walls due to the joy of having potential joy in the fact the giants can take first place this weekend, lets look at some dreaded statistics:
The Giants are 2-9 against the Padres this season. Think that's bad? The Giants are 1-4 against the Padres at Petco Park.
What's worse is that they have only scored 12 total runs in those 5 games, that's only 2.4 runs/game. So now we can't produce any runs at Petco Park, let alone against the Padres pitching staff.
Great, that makes this series look awful, but should we look at it as a losing series?
Absolutely not. The Giants have won more games lately by scoring more runs and putting up great pitchers on the mound, while the Padres have been losing to teams like Arizona, Colorado and Philadelphia. Two of those teams are well out of a playoff spot.
Obviously these next four days will be the ultimate test for the Giants, as they are forced to face their fears and play the Padres... gulp, at Petco Park.
May they pitch diligently, swing a mighty stick, and dash around the bases hopefully landing on that sacred home base many, many times, for it may be the Giants only hope for playoff pandemonium.
Buckle up, strap in, and hold on tight, folks; it's going to be a bumpy ride.