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With Labor Day weekend upon us, if your favorite baseball team isn’t making their playoff move yet, this is the time to start.

Indeed, with just a few weeks to go in the regular season, it’s now or never for a handful of clubs. For those who are on the inside looking out (or up), the home stretch of September is the month to secure a better seed.

This Labor Day weekend, three series in particular stand out as being ones where one or both teams have a decided stake in the outcome.

San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have a playoff berth all but locked up. Based on what they did up until the All-Star Game, San Francisco might have been in a position to say the same. Instead, the Giants find themselves clawing for a wild card.

This four-game series at Wrigley could mean a change in fortune for San Francisco, or it could help restart their second-half demise. The Giants have a reasonable September schedule, though nothing proved to be all that reasonable for them since mid-July. They are well below .500 since the All-Star break and they need to win this series both to secure their position as well as make a statement to the National League.

No need to think that this is without meaning for the Cubbies. A couple wins over the Giants will help them on their trek to being the first 100-win Cubs team since 1935, as well as the unquestioned favorite in the National League. Also, given their substantial lead for the number one seed, the Cubs will play the wild card winner in the NLDS. If Chicago posts a big weekend against San Francisco, they could help shape their first-round series.

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