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The Giants will play the Dodgers to close out the season.
The final week of the regular season is only a half week: It starts on Monday, Oct. 1 and ends Wednesday, Oct. 3. And then it’s playoff time! This will be the last chance for a number of teams to punch their dance cards.
10/1-10/3: San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers
Astute readers will note that this is the first time the San Francisco Giants have shown up on this list. Their end-of-season schedule is full of cupcake teams—lucky them. Unless the Dodgers pull off something special (or the Giants crumble something fierce), this series may be most exciting simply for the storied rivalry between these two squads.
10/1-10/3: Atlanta at Pittsburgh
This end-of-season series will serve as a rematch of both the ’91 and ’92 NLCS, both of which were claimed by Atlanta…think Sid Bream will be in attendance?
10/1-10/3: Baltimore at Tampa Bay
This final O’s-Rays series may well determine who makes the playoffs from the AL East and who goes home crying.
10/1-10/3: Cincinnati at St. Louis
With back-to-back away series against their top-two division rivals, the Reds will be pushed to the brink before the playoffs begin. Good thing for them, it’s likely they’ll have a few days of rest before their postseason starts.
10/1-10/3: Texas at Oakland
Six of the A’s final seven season series are against playoff-contending teams. That’s likely to put an even greater damper on spirits in the Bay Area than the fabled Northern Californian weather.