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Fan’s Preview: Will Giants End Dodgers’ Playoff Dreams and Chance at NL Wild Card Spot?

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With just three games left in the regular season and the NL West title all wrapped up, the San Francisco Giants will now get a chance to play spoiler in their last series of the regular season. Up against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers who still has an outside chance at making the playoffs as a wild-card team, the Giants could effectively end their hopes by winning on Monday night.

The Dodgers are two games away from being eliminated from the second NL Wild Card spot. If the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds and if the Giants beat the Dodgers on Monday night, Los Angeles will officially be out of the running for a playoff spot. For many Giant fans, there would be nothing better than to end their regular season by shunning the Dodgers from postseason play.

Matt Cain could have a chance at being responsible for the loss that ends the Dodgers' playoff chances. In what will be his last regular season start, Cain will likely start Game 1 of the National League Division Series Saturday in San Francisco. With just one poor start in his last nine outings (five allowed runs against the Chicago Cubs on September 2), he looks more than ready to lead the Giants to postseason success.


The San Francisco Giants will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium located in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:10 p.m. PT. This will be the first game in a three-game series.

Season series:

Giants lead series 12-6.


San Francisco comes into the matchup with a 93-66 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 45-33 when playing on the road and have won seven of their last 10 games.

Los Angeles enters the game with an 84-75 record and in second place in the National League West. They are 43-35 when playing at home and have won seven of their last 10 games.

Starting pitcher matchup:

San Francisco: Matt Cain

2012 season: 16-5, 2.77 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 191 Ks

Career numbers vs. Dodgers: 4-8, 3.40 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 102 Ks

Career numbers at Dodger Stadium: 2-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 47 Ks

Los Angeles: Aaron Harang

2012 season: 10-10, 3.68 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 128 Ks

Career numbers vs. Giants: 7-7, 3.22 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 88 K

Career numbers at Dodger Stadium: 3-7, 3.93 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 72 Ks

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be watched and heard live locally at the following:

In San Francisco: CSN-BA HD & KNBR 680

In Los Angeles: PRIME, TWC 858, 570 Fox Sports L.A. & KTNQ 1020

Batting statistic leaders:

San Francisco: Buster Posey - .337 batting average, Hunter Pence - 24 home runs and 104 runs batted in

Los Angeles: Matt Kemp - .310 batting average and 23 home runs, Andre Ethier - 87 runs batted in


Dodgers look to ride win streak to Wild Card,

Giants-Dodgers Preview, AP

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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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