Monday by Comparison: Sizing Up the Stretch Run in NL West

The stretch run is going to be interesting in the NL West.

The Dodgers, in first-place by a half game over the Rockies and full game over the D-Backs, have 25 games remaining, split between nine at home and 16 on the road. They have the edge in "strength of schedule" with three games at home with the Mets, three at home with the Padres, and three at Cincinnati, finally ending the regular season with three at San Francisco. But they will be spending most of the race to the post-season living out of a suitcase.

The D-backs and Rockies, however, have the home-field advantage, with the Rockies having a slight edge on the Rockies.

The D-backs have 15 home, 10 road, including two at home with the Padres, and three on the road with the Padres.

The Rockies have 17 remaining at home and nine on the road, and have a home and a road series with the Giants, who are finished with the D-Backs and Dodgers.

Date Arizona Rockies Dodgers
Monday vs. Padres vs. Giants vs. Mets
Tuesday vs. Padres vs. Giants vs. Mets
Wednesday off vs. Giants vs. Mets
Thursday vs. Braves off off
Friday vs. Braves vs. Dodgers at Rockies
Saturday vs. Braves vs. Dodgers at Rockies
Sunday vs. Braves vs. Dodgers at Rockies
Sept. 10 at Rockies vs. D-backs at Reds
Sept. 11 at Rockies vs. D-backs at Reds
Sept. 12 at Rockies vs. D-backs at Reds
Sept. 13 at Rockies vs. D-backs at Cardinals
Sept. 14 at Astros at Giants at Cardinals
Sept. 15 at Astros at Giants at Cardinals
Sept. 16 at Astros at Giants at Cardinals
Sept. 17 vs. Cubs at Dodgers vs. Rockies
Sept. 18 vs. Cubs at Dodgers vs. Rockies
Sept. 19 vs. Cubs at Dodgers vs. Rockies
Sept. 20 off off off
Sept. 21 vs. Rockies at D-backs vs. Padres
Sept. 22 vs. Rockies at D-backs vs. Padres
Sept. 23 vs. Rockies at D-backs vs. Padres
Sept. 24 vs. Dodgers vs. Phillies at D-backs
Sept. 25 vs. Dodgers vs. Phillies at D-backs
Sept. 26 vs. Dodgers vs. Phillies at D-Backs
Sept. 27 Off vs. Phillies Off
Sept. 28 at Padres vs. Nationals at Giants
Sept. 29 at Padres vs. Nationals at Giants
Sept. 30 at Padres vs. Nationals at Giants

The Rockies control their own chances of winning the NL West. They have six games left with the Dodgers -- three home and three road -- and seven games with the Diamondbacks -- four home and three road. 

Outside of the NL West, the only wild-card contenders remaining on their schedule are the Phillies and Nationals, who are visitors to Coors Field the final week of the regular season. First the Phillies are in town and then the Nationals visit Coors Field the final weekend of the season.

NL West W L Pct GB Streak
Dodgers 75 62 0.547 - Won 3
Rockies 74 62 0.544 0.5 Won 2
D-Backs 74 63 0.54 1 Lost 3
Giants 68 70 0.493 7.5 Lost 2
Padres 54 85 0.388 22
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Wild Card W L Pct GB Streak
Brewers 77 61 0.558 0.5 Won 1
Cardinals 76 61 0.555 - Lost 2
Rockies 74 62 0.544 1.5 Won 2
D-backs 74 63 0.54 2 Lost 3
Phillies 72 64 0.529 3.5 Lost 2
Nationals 68 69 0.496 8 Lost 1

The Rockies have won more games through 136 games than all but one of their previous 25 years. They open a 10-game homestand Monday against the Giants (three games), Dodgers (three games) and D-backs (four games). They played 17 of their final 26 games at Coors Field.

Year W L W-L% RS RA Rdiff Twl Rank Postseason
2009 76 60 .559 679 600 79 92-70 2 Wildcard
2018 74 62 .544 635 650 -15 TBD TBD TBD
1995 73 63 .537 738 734 4 77-67 2 Wildcard
2017 72 64 .529 689 653 36 87-75 3 Wildcard
2010 72 64 .529 635 591 44 83-79 3
1996 70 66 .515 824 821 3 83-79 3
2007 70 66 .515 690 647 43 90-73 2 NL Pennant
2000 69 67 .507 818 747 71 82-80 4
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