By Matt Snyder
The Giants crushed the Rockies Sunday for their eighth consecutive victory, but the Diamondbacks held serve. The D-Backs 5-1 win broke a three-game losing streak and kept the NL West lead at five games with nine to play. That feels pretty insurmountable, but the Giants and D-Backs do have a three-game series coming up this week. The Giants have to sweep it or they will not win the division. Period. And even then it's a tall order (think: A two-game deficit with six to play).
Let's break it down.
Remaining schedule: 3 vs. PIT, 3 vs. SF, 3 vs. LAD
Coolstandings.com chances of winning NL West: 97.1 percent
San Francisco Giants
83-70, 5 GB
Remaining schedule: 3 @ LAD, 3 @ ARI, 3 vs. COL
Coolstandings.com chances of winning NL West: 2.9 percent
Again, it's pretty far-fetched, but if the Giants get a three-game sweep over Arizona, there's a chance. The bottom line is that the Diamondbacks' victory Sunday was huge. They now get to close the season with a nine-game homestand, in which they'll likely get to celebrate the NL West title at some point.
As for the Giants' chances in the Wild Card, click here to check it out.
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