Jul 19, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
It seems only yesterday we were excited to start a brand new season of baseball. But in the blink of an eye, the 2015 season has quickly started to wind down.
Beginning Monday, the Arizona Diamondbacks start the final full month of play at home with a series against the San Francisco Giants. The D-backs wrap up the regular season on October 4th.
Sitting 13 games out of first place in the N.L. West and 13.5 games out of a Wild Card spot, this looks like the final stretch for the D-backs this season.
The D-backs and the Giants have faced each other 13 times this season, with the D-backs winning 7 of those games. That’s the second-highest total wins against an opponent for the D-backs this season. The D-backs have the most wins against the Colorado Rockies than any other team with 10.
Arizona was swept by the Chicago Cubs over the weekend. They were outscored 22-9 in that series and have lost seven of their last ten games.
The Giants are in the middle of a 3-and-7 stretch as well. They have not played very well coming into the last month of the season. Going back to last Saturday, August 29, the Giants lost seven games in a row.
They dropped the final two games in a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals to begin that stretch. The Giants were then swept in three games by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week and were defeated by the Colorado Rockies in the first two games of a four-game series over the weekend.
San Francisco has lost a considerable amount of ground in the N.L. West standings. They are 7.5 games out of first behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and 8.5 games out of a Wild Card spot.
The defending World Champions’ opportunity to get back into the post season is slowly slipping away.
With the exception of a series against the Oakland Athletics, the Giants face teams from the N.L. West for the remainder of the season.
Same goes for the D-backs. Pretty much all of baseball faces teams in their division during the last month of the season.
For the D-backs, it won’t matter too much. But the Giants might have a chance if they turn things around in the next month. The Giants and the Dodgers still have four games against each other.
The Dodgers can run away with the division if they continue to play good baseball. Realistically, Los Angeles has been the best team in the West all season long. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t win the division.
The magic number for the Dodgers is now at 19.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the pitching match ups for this D-backs/Giants series….