Hence the post. Guess Posnanski won't be covering this one.
Anywho, we reach the last week of the regular season. I have a Baseball Digest post pending talking about this next series with the Cubs. In a perfect world, the Diamondbacks would sweep San Fran, San Diego would sweep the Cubs, and we'd go to the Bay Area with a 3-game lead and 3 to play. Since San Diego holds the season series edge (10-5 at this point), the NL West would be ours. That's probably not going to happen.
So what, realistically, should our expectations be? Splitting this series with the Cubs is absolutely essential. You gotta figure the Giants are going to get at least 2 of their 3 games with AZ. Splitting the 4 game series sends San Diego to San Fran 1 game back with 3 to play. Still a tall order, but do-able, to win 2 of those 3 and the Division. Should the Giants sweep, well, then the Padres would have to sweep to win the division, and that's probably not going to happen.
I think the club can take 2 of these games from the Cubs, most likely the last two (against Wells and Gorzelanny). Getting one of the first 2 (against a hot Zambrano and Dempster, the Cub ace) will be a taller order. At least we have Latos going on Tuesday, well, hopefully the May-August Latos.
Starters for the AZ/SF series:
- Rodrigo Lopez vs Sanchez
- Ian Kennedy vs Bumgarner
- Barry Enright vs Lincecum
In any case, buckle your seat belts. It's going to be a heck of a week.