Now the Dodgers have pushed their lead to three games, thanks to a sweep of the weak Diamondbacks, coupled with the Tigers managing one victory out of three games against the Giants. Last weekend featured the last of the major strength of schedule differences between the Dodgers and the Giants. The rest of the nineteen game remaining schedules for the two leading National League West clubs are very similar:
1. Home and home three game series with each other
2. Home and home three game series with weak NL West teams with identical 59-84 records (Dodgers versus the Rockies and Giants versus the Diamondbacks).
3. Host the Padres for a single series (the Padres are at Chavez Ravine for three games, then they finish their season with four games at AT&T Park).
4. Travel to a weak team for one series: The Dodgers are at the Cubs (64-79) for four games, while in the same week the Giants are at the Padres (66-76) for three games.
Will the Dodgers be able to hang on and win the division? A lot of the answer will depend on the six games with the Giants. The rest of the answer will be based on the Dodgers’ ability to win series and sometimes sweep the weaker teams remaining on their schedule.