SF Giants Playoff Chase: 4 Trends in the NL West Entering the Home Stretch

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SF Giants Playoff Chase: 4 Trends in the NL West Entering the Home Stretch
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The Giants have to make up a six game deficit if they're to repeat last year's division title

Can San Francisco catch Arizona?   

The Giants have six head-to-head shots at the Diamondbacks: three this weekend at AT&T, three more at Chase Field Sept. 23-25.

The Giants don't need to be perfect against the Snakes; a more plausible scenario is going 4-2 against Arizona and making up the rest of the deficit against sub-.500 division foes Colorado, San Diego and Los Angeles.

That's essentially how they overcame San Diego last September, going 4-3 against the Padres and 14-7 against the rest of the West.

And yes, the Padres' 0-10 late August/early September nose-plant didn't hurt. 

Stepping back from the soap opera ("All My .239-Hitting Children;" "The Old and the Punchless") that is your 2011 Giants, here's a peek at four trends in the NL West entering the home stretch.

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