Giants continue playoff hunt

Madison Bumgarner is 18-9 with a solid 2.91 ERA this year.
Los Angeles, CA ( - The San Francisco Giants are on the brink of clinching a playoff spot, but what is still up for debate is if they will go into the postseason as a wild card team or National League West champions. The Giants can keep the latter scenario a possibility on Tuesday night when they resume a three-game series with the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Don Mattingly's Dodgers may struggle again tonight against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who beat their rivals on Sept. 12 with seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball that featured nine strikeouts. That improved the San Francisco lefty to 3-1 with a 1.75 earned run average in four starts versus L.A. this season. The Dodgers counter with a very capable pitcher in Zack Greinke, who is unbeaten in his career against the Giants. In six lifetime encounters, he is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA, holding San Francisco to eight earned runs over 37 1/3 innings while striking out 41.  Full Story

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