Let me qualify something—I am a diehard Dodgers fan. Always have been, always will be. But, I'm realistic. And while I think the Dodgers have a great shot at snagging a playoff spot, I'm less optimistic about the NL West title.
As it stands now, the Giants are 4.5 games up with less than 30 to play, and their September schedule is drastically easier than that of the Dodgers.
Not to mention, San Francisco has been playing great ball lately, especially since the loss of outfielder Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension.
While I and fellow Dodger fans would like nothing more than to take the division crown (especially from our rivals!), in 2012, it's more realistic to believe they can take one of two National League Wild Card spots.
And while Stan Kasten, Magic Johnson and Ned Colletti spent every resource possible to put an All-Star team on the field, was it too little too late to catch the Giants?