National League West
The San Diego Padres are playing well as the season winds down, but their recent history at AT&T Park suggests it might not end as favorably.
Los Angeles phenom Yasiel Puig has posted All-Star numbers in recharging the Dodgers since joining the team June 2. But has he played long enough to be considered for the National League All-Star team?
The San Francisco Giants open a three game series against the struggling Dodgers in Los Angeles Monday night. The Dodgers are in last place in the National League West.
The San Francisco Giants have tormented divisional foes in the season’s early going. They’ll look to continue that trend Monday night when they begin a three-game series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the only NL West opponent they’ve yet to play.
The Giants return to San Francisco feeling good about a successful road trip, and admit things will be looking even better if they can take advantage of a home heavy portion of their schedule.
Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is 3-10 with a league-worst 6.42 ERA (out of qualifying starters). Barry Zito is 7-6 with a 4.01 ERA, but the Giants could certainly get a better pitcher.
A victory by the Giants in Wednesday’s series finale at AT&T Park would move them into a first-place tie, giving the struggling Dodgers company atop the division for the first time since they took over the lead April 11.
Monday night, the San Francisco Giants come home to host their arch rivals, the hated Los Angeles Dodgers, at AT&T Park.
Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez singled over a five-man infield with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday to take the three-game series.
Pablo Sandoval homered to back Madison Bumgarner’s fourth straight victory, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Padres 4-1 on Sunday to deny San Diego its first series win of the season.