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By the time the weekend is completed, the San Francisco Giants could well have the NL West Division wrapped up.
Heading into Saturday's games, the Giants' magic number to clinch the division stood at two, so they're almost assured a playoff berth as of this writing.
However, there is still some drama in San Francisco, but it is more along the lines of personal achievement.
With the announcement on Friday that Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera will not be eligible for the NL batting title, catcher Buster Posey is now in a heated race with Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen for the title. Entering Saturday night, McCutchen held a three-point advantage over Posey, .338 to .335.
While the story about Cabrera's willingness to take his name out of consideration for the batting title was the focal point, the fact that his teammate has a legitimate shot for the title was definitely at the forefront as well.
Posey has stated on numerous occasions that his priorities lie with team success. However, if the Giants in fact clinch a playoff berth this weekend, Posey could very well put pressure on himself to go after the batting title that would have belonged in the hands of the Giants in the first place.
It's entirely possible Cabrera recognized that his popular teammate had a fighting chance, thereby helping to fuel his request.
Update: Posey and the Giants clinched the NL West Division on Saturday night with an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Giants' catcher also entered Monday with a .332 average, four points behind McCutchen's league-leading .336.