The defending Major League Baseball World Champions will be taking a West Coast road trip that will make or break them, starting first for an odd two game set in San Francisco, followed by a tough three game series in Los Angeles that includes a Sunday night ESPN game with the Dodgers.
"To get a win like that is big for us," Molina said. "We never quit. We're going to battle. We're going to play hard the whole nine innings."
This may be just the kind of win the team needed to invigorate a positive attitude after the four-game slide.
But in looking to the future we examine six variables that could be crucial for this West Coast swing.