The Dodgers begin the home stretch on Friday night, with 29 games in the final 31 days of the regular season, including 26 games left against National League West foes. Here is a look at the remaining schedule for the Dodgers, with a couple of notes:
|Dodgers remaining 2013 schedule|
|Fri||8/30||San Diego||7:10 p.m.||Prime|
|Sat||8/31||San Diego||6:10 p.m.||Prime|
|Sun||9/1||San Diego||1:10 p.m.||Prime|
|Mon||9/2||@ Colorado||1:10 p.m.||KCAL|
|Tue||9/3||@ Colorado||5:40 p.m.||KCAL|
|Wed||9/4||@ Colorado||5:40 p.m.||KCAL|
|Fri||9/6||@ Cincinnati||4:10 p.m.||Prime|
|Sat||9/7||@ Cincinnati||10:05 a.m.||Fox|
|Sun||9/8||@ Cincinnati||5:05 p.m.||ESPN|
|Thu||9/12||San Francisco||7:10 p.m.||Prime|
|Fri||9/13||San Francisco||7:10 p.m.||Prime|
|Sat||9/14||San Francisco||6:10 p.m.||Prime|
|Sun||9/15||San Francisco||1:10 p.m.||Prime|
|Mon||9/16||@ Arizona||6:40 p.m.||Prime|
|Tue||9/17||@ Arizona||6:40 p.m.||KCAL|
|Wed||9/18||@ Arizona||7:10 p.m.||Prime/ESPN|
|Thu||9/19||@ Arizona||12:40 p.m.||KCAL|
|Fri||9/20||@ San Diego
|Sat||9/21||@ San Diego||5:40 p.m.||Prime|
|Sun||9/22||@ San Diego||1:10 p.m.||Prime|
|Tue||9/24||@ San Francisco||7:15 p.m.||KCAL|
|Wed||9/25||@ San Francisco||7:15 p.m.||KCAL|
|Thu||9/26||@ San Francisco||7:15 p.m.||Prime|
Last week ESPN added a pair of Wednesday Dodgers games against the Diamondbacks to their schedule. The game on Sept. 11 at Dodger Stadium and the Sept. 18 game in Phoenix will be shown on ESPN, though not exclusively. The games can be seen locally on Prime Ticket. The Sept. 18 game in Arizona was moved from a 6:40 p.m. start to 7:10 p.m. PT to accommodate ESPN.
Next weekend in Cincinnati will feature a pair of exclusive broadcasts, as Saturday morning's game on Sept. 7 will be on Fox, and the next night will be the Dodgers' fourth appearance this season on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, including the third time in five weeks.
The Dodgers are just 23-27 against the National League West this season, but that includes 14 wins in their last 18 games against divisional foes after a horrific 9-23 start against Arizona, Colorado, San Diego and San Francisco.
The Dodgers have 13 home games remaining and 16 road games. That final 10-game road trip from Sept. 16-26 sure looks like the time when the Dodgers, who currently hold a 9½-game lead over the Diamondbacks, might clinch the National League West. The Dodgers have clinched their last two and four of their last five playoff berths, dating back to 1996, while at home.
The earliest the Dodgers have clinched a playoff spot since moving to Los Angeles was in 1977 when they won the NL West in their 151st contest, with 11 games remaining on the schedule.