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Giants have chance to sit cozy atop NL West: A fan’s take
As of June 6, the Giants are a game ahead of the Diamondbacks after a win over the Nationals. Otherwise, the gap has more commonly stood at a half-game between the two teams. Both teams will meet for their third series of the season from June 14-16, so that match-up is coming in just a few days. If the Giants come into the set with the NL West lead or even a tie, then the team can really push the Diamondbacks away from first place with some wins.
So far, the teams have met six times over two series this season—one in April and one in May. The Giants took five out of six games from the Diamondbacks with a series win and a series sweep. Also, San Francisco outscored Arizona 22-16 in those games. Most of the games were tight, though, so either team could have pulled out a victory. Either way, the Giants have the edge over the Diamondbacks this season as far as wins and losses are concerned.
This Time Around
From June 9-12, the Giants have a tough four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds but get an off-day before playing the Diamondbacks. The team should be able to come into the series with Arizona at the top of the NL West, but its lead should still only be a game or two at the most. Obviously, the Giants can push the Diamondbacks a few more games away from first place with a series win or sweep, which is exactly what San Francisco needs. Pablo Sandoval(notes) probably won't find his way back to the lineup for this series, but that doesn't mean the Giants shouldn't be able to repeat April and May with some wins over Arizona. I would expect the team to come away with either a series win or a three-game sweep again.
The Rest of June
Fortunately, San Francisco's schedule becomes much easier after it faces Arizona. The Athletics, Twins, Cubs, and Indians are the only opponents left for the team in June. Of course, the Indians are currently sputtering from its fast start during April and May. For the remaining three teams, none of them are doing much winning these days. The Giants should cruise through the rest of the month with a bunch of wins and a handful of losses. A series sweep over the Diamondbacks with the addition of an easy schedule should put the Giants ahead for quite some time.
Sure, the Rockies will inevitably make a charge for the NL West title, and the Diamondbacks will in no way be out of contention anytime soon. On the other hand, the Dodgers and Padres have been nearly done since the start of the season.
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