The Dodgers failed to sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks in their final game at Chavez Ravine. Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled and the Dodgers did not have enough offense against Patrick Corbin.
The NL West lead stands at 12 games and the magic number is six. The Atlanta Braves have lost a couple of games as of late, going 5-5 in their last ten games, but the Dodgers have been unable to capitalize and they are still 2.5 games back. With 17 games left in the regular season the Dodgers must win if they have any hopes of catching the Braves. Luckily for the Dodgers, they have a four game series with the last place San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.
The Giants are in last place in the NL West with a 66-80 record and they have only won 28 away games all season. The two teams have not met since early July and the Dodgers won two out of three in San Francisco. The Giants have struggled all season and it is easy to forget they are the defending champions.
Offensively the Giants rank 10th in batting average, but they rank 26th in runs scored. They get on base, but they leave a lot of runners stranded. The Giants pitching is arguably doing worse, they currently rank 21st in ERA and 24th in quality starts.
The Dodgers need to use these four games to rest their players and more importantly get back to playing better baseball overall. Against an inferior opponent they must take advantage and gain some momentum to go into the playoffs.