San Francisco Giants Will Win NL West
"There's no way the Giants can compete without him," Dodger fan A exclaimed.
"He's absolutely right," proclaimed Mugatu.
Hopefully that Zoolander reference didn't fly over your head, but there are a few variables most Dodger enthusiasts ignored amongst all the hype of Melky's impending absence.
For starters, Pablo Sandoval had been sitting on the 15-day DL and was set to return to the lineup within days. Hunter Pence, recently acquired from Philadelphia, had been hitting below .200 since his arrival in San Francisco, which was bound to climb once his comfort level increased. Buster Posey, the hottest hitter since the All-star break, was in the lineup every day.
Angel Pagan has been on fire of late as well handling leadoff duties for a well-balanced Giants lineup. Just to put this into perspective, entering the Giants game today, Pagan collected his eighth multi-hit effort over his last 11 contests, and is batting .385 over that span. He's scored 13 runs out of the leadoff spot in those 11 games as San Francisco has surged into first place.
The Giants currently hold a four game lead over the Dodgers, however, their schedule looks a lot better than what lies ahead for the Dodgers. While the Giants will only play within their division following their weekender in Chicago, the Dodgers will face the Washington National and Cincinnati Reds on the road as well as the St. Louis Cardinals at home.
While the teams have two three-game series remaining against each other, including the final series of the regular season, the division champion may very well be crowned prior to the last week of the season. The Giants are poised for another deep playoff run as they (fingers crossed) enter into September with a healthy roster.