San Francisco Chronicle
⏩ Stretch run: Breaking down Giants’, Dodgers’ schedules.
The Giants lead the Dodgers by 21⁄2 games in the National League West race, but they trail their archrivals in another notable category — games remaining against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants (14-2) and Dodgers (11-2) are a combined 25-4 this season against last-place Arizona, which has the National League’s worst record (4796) and a minus-191 run differential. San Francisco plays Arizona three more times (Sept. 28-30 at Oracle Park); the Dodgers have three at home (starting Monday), and three on the road (Sept. 24-26).
The MLB schedule is relatively balanced over 162 games, but with six series remaining the Dodgers seem to have the easier slate. The Giants’ opponent winning percentage over the final 19 games is .482; the Dodgers’ over 18 games is .462.
Starting Monday at home, San Francisco plays 10 remaining games against the Padres, who have slumped recently after being expected to compete for the West title. Los Angeles has three remaining with San Diego. The Giants and Dodgers, done facing each other (unless a playoff game is needed), each have one series at Colorado.
The Giants’ lone inter-division series is against the visiting Braves (three games), while the Dodgers visit the Reds (three games) and host Milwaukee (three games) to close the season. By that point the Brewers — 14 games ahead in the NL Central — may have little to play for, which could help the Dodgers.
The Giants close at home against the Padres, who will likely be in the thick of the wild-card race.