Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed the rival San Francisco Giants to town with a 3.5-game lead in the National League West. After a three game sweep, the Dodgers extended their lead in the division to a more comfortable 6.5 games.

Having won 10 of their last 12 games, the Dodgers now hold a 7.5-game lead over the Giants heading into play Monday.

Despite the division lead that is the second biggest in baseball behind only the Kansas City Royals’ lead in the American League Central, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is not ready to count the Giants out, according to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:

The Giants have had to deal with more injuries than most teams, as right fielder Hunter Pence and second baseman Joe Panik have both missed a significant amount of time, as well as veteran pitchers Tim Hudson, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum.

The Giants, who usually play their best baseball in September and October, are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Ethier is one of the main reasons the Dodgers have built up such a big division lead, as the 10-year veteran put together a hot month of August when he batted .375 with three home runs and eight RBIs.

On the season Ethier is hitting .299/.373/.493, .374 wOBA and 141 wRC+, with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs. With 27 games remaining the Dodgers’ magic number is at 20. They’ll face their arch rival in a four-game series at AT&T Park beginning Sept. 28.

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Daniel Starkand is a senior at Chapman University majoring in journalism and minoring in broadcast journalism. He grew up in Burbank, CA. He played baseball at Burbank High and his first year at Chapman. He also writes for The Panther newspaper.

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