The San Francisco Giants (4-1) and Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2) will continue a National League West series Saturday afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers  

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The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies play the final contest of an abbreviated two-game series at Coors Field Tuesday afternoon

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies

The San Francisco Giants look to hold onto their one-game lead in the NL West division

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The Padres dropped the first game of this crucial four-game set and will now look to hold onto their divisional lead at Petco Park.

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

San Francisco moved within a game of the San Diego Padres after a 7-3 win in Thursday’s opener at Petco Park.  The Giants have a 3-9 record against the Padres this season, including a 2-4 mark at tonight’s venue.  “We’ve had some bad times against these guys, so winning the first one is big for us,” said last night’s starter Matt Cain.  Offensively, the team blasted four home runs in the spacious park, marking the first time in 61 games that San Francisco accomplished that feat.  With their seventh win in nine games, the Giants also moved within a game of Wild Card pacesetter Atlanta.  “They’re all important games…you just don’t want to put ‘do or die’ in any game,” manager Bruce Bochy stated.  The club is now 37-36 on the road this season (+300) and the total is 39-33 O/U in those contests.

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The Giants come into town for a huge NL West showdown that will go a long way in deciding the divisional race.

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

San Francisco enters this weekend series following a 3-1 loss in Arizona on Wednesday, ending a four-game winning streak and dropping the club two back in the Wild Card race.  “We weren’t under the allusion that we were going to win the rest of the games,” said manager Bruce Bochy.  “There’s some baseball left here.”  Over the last nine games, the starting rotation has posted a 2.54 ERA and seven quality starts.  The Giants have 22 games left on their schedule and are 36-37 on the road this season (+100).  After beginning the year with a 8-19 record against the NL West, the team has bounced back nicely to pick up victories in 19 of its last 29 divisional contests.  San Francisco is an even 12-12 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 (+130) and the total is 11-13 O/U in those games.

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The Padres are sinking fast and today’s opponent has been given new life due to their losing streak.

Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres

Colorado picked up a 4-3 road victory versus the Padres on Friday night and moved to within 6 1/2 games of the division lead.  The Rockies had dropped three in a row heading into this weekend series, but the club has had great success against San Diego this season.  “What we talked about at the beginning of the season was winning the division,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.  “That’s what gets you into the playoffs the easiest way.”  The team has been led offensively by outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who is riding an 11-game hitting streak and is hitting .500 with six home runs and 14 RBIs over that stretch.  The team also remains confident heading into the final two games of the series due to a 33-29 all-time mark at Petco Park.  Colorado is 29-24 against the division this season (+140) and the total is 20-32 O/U in those contests.

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The Dodgers send their ace to the hill in trying to capture a three-game set, as the team plays its second game without the services of outfielder Manny Ramirez.

Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Braves handed the Dodgers their worst defeat in three years on Sunday afternoon and now look to capture the series at Turner Field.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves

Los Angeles suffered a 13-1 blowout defeat in Sunday’s contest against the Braves at Turner Field and have lost 13 of 16 on the road.  “We had opportunities, couldn’t get the big hit, nothing you can do about it,” manager Joe Torre said.  The loss was the largest margin of defeat this year, as the team is without regulars Casey Blake, Jamey Carroll, Manny Ramirez, Rafael Furcal and Russell Martin.  The three runs the Dodgers have scored in the last two games have come on outs, as they are 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position in the series.  Los Angeles has posted a 6-5 record after allowing 10 or more runs in a game this season (-90) and are 9-17 in this situation the last three years (-1,340).  The club is a disappointing 4-10 as a road underdog of +125 to +150 and the total is 5-9 O/U in those contests.  As this series ends, Los Angeles is assured of returning home without consecutive second-half road wins, as they last accomplished this feat on July 3-4 in Arizona.

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The Giants look to gain more ground in the divisional race by sending their ace to the hill in the series finale.

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants

San Diego had its five-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s 3-2 loss to San Francisco at AT&T Park.  “We had our chances,” said manager Bud Black, whose team lost to the Giants for just the second time in 10 chances this season.  The Padres left a season-high 16 runners on base and were 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position.  The club has posted an impressive 13-5 record on Sundays this year (+880), which is  their best winning percentage of any day.  San Diego has won each of its last eight Sunday games and 11 of the last 12.   With the team being 21 games over .500, it’s important to note that the only other San Diego teams to reach that mark at any point of the season are the two National League champion clubs (1998 and 1994).  The Padres bring in a solid 23-13 record in day games this season (+1,160) and the total stands at 17-14 O/U in those contests.

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The NL West division is up for grabs as the top two contenders get ready to do battle at AT&T Park.

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants

San Diego travels up to San Francisco leading the Giants by 2 1/2 games and are riding a four-game winning streak into this pivotal series.  “We’re feeling good about ourselves,” said pitcher Jon Garland.  “We can’t get a little overexcited.  We just need to go up there an continue to play good baseball.”  The Padres picked up their seventh sweep of the season in beating the Pirates in a three-game set and enter with the National League’s best record at 67-46 (+2,360).  New addition Ryan Ludwick has been leading the offense, hitting three home runs in his past four games, after hitting just .222 during his first 10 games with the club. The club is a solid 21-11 against left-handed starters this year (+1,190) and the total is 15-16 O/U in those contests.  San Diego has compiled a solid 8-4 record as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season (+520) and are 27-25 in this situation the last three years (+560).

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The teams will be hard-pressed to match last night’s 24 combined runs, with a pair of solid right-handers facing off.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies

Los Angeles may have finally broken out of its offensive slump, scoring a combined 23 runs in the last two games, including 15 in a Tuesday night victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.  “We hope to give the pitching staff a little confidence and let them know their offense is clicking,” outfielder Andre Ethier said.  “At the same time, it gives us a little confidence.”  The team averaged just 2.5 runs in its first 23 games after the All-Star break before this two-game outburst.  The Dodgers are still just 3-10 at Citizens Bank Park since 2008, which includes five postseason games.  The club is a dismal 2-8 as a road underdog of +125 to +150 this season (-520) and the total in those games is 4-6 O/U.  Los Angeles has won five of its last six games against the NL East, but still stand at 11-13 versus the division this year.

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