Is this just a dream?
If so, please don't wake us.
We're well into September and the Giants and A's are in position to make the playoffs.
When the Giants open a three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday night, they'll have a big enough lead in the National League West that even being swept wouldn't knock them from the top.
And why shouldn't we expect a sweep? The last three series between the Giants and Dodgers have been sweeps the Giants sweeping in San Francisco in June and again in Los Angeles in August; the Dodgers sweeping in San Francisco in July. The Giants, who lost the May series in Los Angeles 2-1, lead the season series 7-5.
And don't forget: The season concludes with three games in Los Angeles on Oct. 1-3.
In the American League West, the surprising A's are still chasing the Rangers and fighting off the Angels despite being swept by Los Angeles. And they're in a three-way battle for the two wild-card playoff spots.
After three games this weekend in Seattle and four next week in Los Angeles against the Angels, the A's host the Orioles for three games next weekend that could be pivotal in the chase for the playoffs.
Baseball matters in September.
How cool is that?
What to watch
Baseball, New York Yankees at Baltimore, 4:05 p.m., MLB: Things certainly have changed in the A.L. East since the All-Star Break.
What to do
Baseball, Reno at River Cats, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field: Game 2 of the PCL playoffs could be the final home game of the season.
Who will win more games this season?
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